Keep on Rowing your Boat

A favorite album of mine: Heart of the Congos.
The first tune Fisherman, always evokes
the disciples at the Sea of Galilee for me.


Full album HERE

     After these things Jesus showed Himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias, and in this way He showed Himself: Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples were together. Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.”

They said to him, “We are going with you also.” They went out and immediately got into the boat, and that night they caught nothing. But when the morning had now come, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Then Jesus said to them, “Children, have you any food?”

They answered Him, “No.”

And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish.

Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment (for he had removed it), and plunged into the sea. But the other disciples came in the little boat (for they were not far from land, but about two hundred cubits), dragging the net with fish. Then, as soon as they had come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish which you have just caught.”

Simon Peter went up and dragged the net to land, full of large fish, one hundred and fifty-three; and although there were so many, the net was not broken. Jesus said to them, “Come and eat breakfast.” Yet none of the disciples dared ask Him, “Who are You?”—knowing that it was the Lord. Jesus then came and took the bread and gave it to them, and likewise the fish.

This is now the third time Jesus showed Himself to His disciples
after He was raised from the dead.

John 21  [NKJV]

Many Are Called

Judy Mowatt was one of Bob Marley’s backing vocal group, the I-Threes.
I have always loved her voice.  She was Rastafarian for many years
but later became an evangelical Christian.

Great interviews with her HERE & HERE

Many are called, few are chosen / You’ve got to be aware of the wolf in sheep clothing
Many are called, few are chosen / You’ve got to be aware of the wolf in sheep clothing
Many say that they are our brothers / There ain’t much to find…
Many say that they are our sisters / There ain’t much to find…
Many come sayin’ brother love, love, love Many come sayin’ sister hail, hail, hail
Many come sayin’ a peace and unity / But there ain’t no peace to find…
Many are called, few are chosen / You’ve got to be aware of the wolf in sheep clothing
Many are called, few are chosen / You’ve got to be aware of the wolf in sheep clothing
Many are deceivers / Who profess that they are true believers
Many preach Lord, Lord, many teach / But it’s just way out of reach
Many come sayin’ brother love, love, love Many come sayin’ sister hail, hail, hail
Many come sayin’ a peace and unity / But there ain’t no peace to find…
‘Cause many are called, few are chosen / You’ve got to be aware of the wolf in sheep clothing
Many are called, few are chosenYou’ve got to be aware of the wolf in sheep clothing
Many are called, but few are chosen…

Madness Tight on the Heads of the Rebels

It is a new year, and I must soon get back to shameless self-promotion by reposting my poems… but first I have to begin the year with some Reggae-talk. One of the reasons I finally came around to poetry is because I liked Reggae—and one reason I like Reggae is L.K.J.

Linton Kwesi Johnson does amazing poetry. I don’t care for his leftist politics but his verse is more interesting and intense than that boring, writerly tripe you find in academic journals and the margins of well-known effete liberal publications. The first-class dub musicians backing him up add another dimension to his poetry. I just learned that he came up with the basslines for these dub poems. His work is focused and powerful in a way that Amiri Baraka’s psycho-drivel never was.

 

Michigan vs. Smiley ☻

This happens to be your official introduction -tion-tion
of the (something) called Sugar Daddy…
Every day the people talk about Smiley / what happen to I Sugar Daddy ?
Don’t you know that I’m sweeter than candy / Man I’m nicer than the cakes and the pastry
Don’t you judge me through my nice personality
don’t you judge me through my verbal verbosity
you must first know my intellectuality – put away the practical and take up the theory (gwan!)
Sugar Daddy, the Sugar Daddy style –  man  its Michigan and Smiley
Every day the people talk about Michi (ribit !)  / what happen to I Super- Smiley ? (jab it!)
Don’t you know that my eyes can be dreamy
I’m sweeter than the milk and the honey (Lord have mercy!)
Don’t you judge my I-inna-tegrity / let it be known unto you generously
That it’s I-man General Smiley / chanting the microphone intelligently
Sugar Daddy, the Sugar Daddy –  man its Michigan and Smiley…
Om ba da da dai unh, unh unh –  UNH !
Me have me JSC, me GCE my BSC and my PHD –
you put them together it’s my DJ degree at the college of science and technology
and later on accomplished at the university
now Michigan and Smiley give you inna stylee (lord)
Sugar Daddy, the Sugar Daddy –  man its Michigan and Smiley
Every day the people talk about Michi  / what happen to I man Smiley ?
Don’t you know I man control the army – man the air force, the marines and the navy
don’t you know that no money can’t buy me
drink of music and never get thirsty –
don’t you take I man for no luxury
Sugar Daddy, the Sugar Daddy style –  man  its Michigan and Smiley..
Under the distinguished patronage of Michi and Smiley
A special livication to your mommy and daddy
I and I say this personally –  (watch it )
Michi,  Smiley – coffee, and tea, and hill, valley in town, country, and  land and sea,
it’s YOU and ME…

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