Why I Preach to the Choir

by on June 10, 2020 · 12 comments

in From the Soul

by Ernie McCray

It’s been said
that I preach to the choir
and I pretty much do
day after day,
hour after hour
as the choir
is composed of
my allies,
those who hear
and understand my cries,
eager to eradicate
our country’s
original and everlasting sin:
Besides who else am I to
preach to other than them?
Yahoos in Klan robes?
MAGA folks
who bow to a cretin
in the middle of social unrest,
tweets “wolf tickets” about when
the looting begins
the shooting begins
and threatens
to bring
the army
and the marines in
to break up
peaceful gatherings
and suffocate
free speech
as in our grief,
we chant “I can’t breathe?”
So called Christians
who see this horrible man,
posing with holy scriptures
in his hand
like a God-fearing man,
when all he fears
is anyone
or anything
who doesn’t
snap to or bow
to his command?
Justices on the highest court in the land
who declare
that some
of the Voting Rights Act
no longer applies
as though
my folks’
voting rights are no longer denied?
Cops and citizens who harass
black folks, minding their business,
or jogging
or strolling
or driving
or walking “Fido”
down the street while black,
or mothers who yell
at teenagers
who swim while black
or freak out and call 9-1-1
on someone just because
they’re black?
Bystanders who see such
and keep their mouths shut,
condoning such
without as much
as a “What?”
White supremacists
packing heat
pissed off,
beyond belief,
waving Old Glory
and the “rebel” flag
because they can’t get a manicure,
pedicure, perm,
or a haircut?
Fox News nuts?
No, I’m going
with the choir,
with those who
share my life’s desires
and like me rise
at or after each day’s sunrise
with their “eyes on the prize”:
liberty and justice for all –
with their voices raised high,
with the force of rockets
and comets
to the outer reaches of the sky,
becoming more in tune
and synchronized,
shining a light of hope
through the madness
and the darkness
that has for far too long
burdened all of humankind.

And it’s happening
at just the right time.

Oh, I love the choir
In these desperate hours.

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

retired botanist June 10, 2020 at 3:27 pm

Gosh, Ernie, I just love your stuff! It uplifts me every time I read a piece. May I always be a part of your choir. Write on, and thank you. :-)


Marcia June 10, 2020 at 9:56 pm

Thanks so much Ernie, for speaking to our Choir. Love you


dr. Jearene Binet June 11, 2020 at 8:38 am

Thank you, Ernie, I was there listening to everything you said. It is very inspiring. Especially when there is such a situation. I absolutely agree with every word you say. Keep up the good work. Blessed.


Rae riner June 12, 2020 at 7:37 pm

Ernie always speaks from the heart and with conviction.?


david beekman June 15, 2020 at 7:40 am

Good words but change will only happen when Members of the Choir get out and VOTE..
Dave B
Spring Valley


Dr. J June 15, 2020 at 7:49 am

Continue to preach to the choir My Brother.

Dr. J


Carole M. McFarland June 15, 2020 at 9:24 am

I’m proud to be part of your choir, Ernie. My hopes are that recent events are just the start of fundamental change in this country. I pray that is the case and will do my part to see it happen.


jerrywallingford June 15, 2020 at 10:29 am

And the choir loves you. Jerry


Barbara Lewis June 15, 2020 at 12:05 pm

The choir continues to do what it can and more to create a change in justice and equality in this country. It is voices like yours that give the much needed encouragement to as has been said “to keep on keeping on!” Stay strong…..and thank you.


Thomas Gayton June 15, 2020 at 3:02 pm



Ernie McCray June 15, 2020 at 3:43 pm

Thank you, choir! May we sing on!


David Gangsei June 15, 2020 at 6:46 pm

perfecto, Ernie. Keep preaching. The choir needs you. You sustain us.


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