Sunday, March 08, 2009
'Hebrew Mamita' picks up cross, jams.
I LOVE 'Poetry Jams' or 'Poetry Slams'.
Russell Simmons and HBO used to have a late night program - "Def Poetry Jam" - which featured and showcased some of the best poets and poetry coming out of 'da 'hood'.
These young folk are angry and passionate and intelligent and insightful and their poetry is shot through and through with enough honesty and integrity as to make me weep.
This one is "The Hebrew Mamita" which I picked up over at Bishop Allen's place. Vanessa Hidary is particularly brilliant.
My grandmother used to say, "Everyone has a cross to bear." (My sermon on the same will appear later today. ) If ever there was a better example of the intersection of suffering, sacrifice and creativity, well, I've not seen it.
This is just a little something to jump start your Second Sunday in Lent.
Text of the poem can be found here.