1 of 30. City Wide Worship

There were hundreds of us

clustered into Bayard Rustin high school

auditorium.

Chelsea was all kinds of heaven tonight.

The music was minimal.  A guitar,

a few mics,

and Alf on the keys.

But we sang and sang

until light stretched the walls.

On a Friday night?

After a week of 9 to 5’s,

and still getting over that cold

the nasty one that ruined

all the midweek plans.

The guitar strummed,

voices gathered around

the eye of a storm

and then calm.

Harmony.

The singer on stage

head back black hair

hitting shoulders.

Mouth a vortex of holy spirit

and Filipino lips,

this woman roared like a train

at midnight.

Our nine parishes,

one church made up of

wall street traders, times square dancers,

Brooklyn baristas, and Harlem families,

shoulder to shoulder for this.

We were a city lit up by love

tonight.

Alf directed with his hands,

eyes closed,

all of our eyes closed

singing those sacred songs,

the ones we wrote to stay alive.

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About amyleighcutler

Writer, dancer, vagabond extraordinaire
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4 Responses to 1 of 30. City Wide Worship

  1. victor says:

    the rhythm of the words beat in my head.. great writting A.

  2. Jacob Victorine says:

    I was wondering where your 30/30 was! Yay!

    Your poems are getting better and better. I love the simplicity in the story telling of this one. “But we sang and sang / until light stretched the walls.” Yes!

    I don’t think you need the lines “On a Friday night?” or “the ones we wrote to stay alive.” Also, let me know if you do/or don’t want critique on these.

  3. Love the critiques! Might not have time to edit this month, but I totally appreciate feedback!

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