Spoken Word: Who's Praying

The racists won and bless their soul, they prayed too That dangling nigger at the end of the rope, he prayed

Spoken Word: Who's Praying

When Massa put the whips on our backs we prayed
To withstand the mire stench and bile we prayed
When rebels fought for the right to be human we prayed
When Jim Crow laws enforced segregation we prayed
When lynching was fun for White people we prayed
As flowing hydrants toppling black bodies we prayed
When escape was deemed underground railroad we prayed
When Martin said march arm in arm we prayed
Even when they burnt down our churches we prayed

Surviving months at sea from the Mother Country we prayed
Sands of Normandy, foxholes in Vietnam we prayed
Ethiopia, Liberia, Kabul, New York, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon we prayed
There are fewer atheist huddling in battles everyone prays
Blacks! Chosen ones to receive police brutality again we pray
School shootings, senseless gun violence - so we pray
Leaders say arm them more, and against that we pray
So when the shit hits the fan we pray till the stench goes away

The racists won and bless their soul, they prayed too
That dangling nigger at the end of the rope, he prayed
Survivors of terror and violence pray unceasingly
Did praying help? The answer depends on the believer
For the suicide bomber prayed too and mentally he got results
For virgins or streets of gold everyone prays
Your unfulfilled prayer may be someone else’s answer
Truth praying helps. It opens to an aura of hope
When at the foothills of disaster pain is a comforter
Shredded lives held together by entangled belief
Praying is the dream tunnel through desperation and despair

Note: William "Bubbles" Galloway is the Resident Spoken Word Contributor with MNI Media