Lenten reflection on scripture — for Ferguson, Missouri

Habakkuk 2:1-3 I will stand at my watch-post, and station myself on the rampart; I will keep watch to see what he will say to me, and what he will answer concerning my complaint. Then the Lord answered me and said: Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so that a runner may read it. For there is still a vision for the appointed time; it speaks of the end, and does not lie. If it seems to tarry, wait for it; it will surely come, it will not delay.

A nation is watching
for the report on Ferguson —
and it has tarried,
and justice has delayed,

but now it is written —
racial profiling, ethnic stereotypes,
abuse of police power.

As the old prophet with three “k’s”
in his name has said —

Write this down,
make it plain on tablets
(and flatscreens and newspapers),

Write this down —
so clearly even a runner
can read it …

for we want to make cities
where people no longer
need to run.

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