From April 21 - 24 2017 we went to an Ecumenical Advocacy conference
in Washington DC
with a 24 year old black, Muslim
young man, Hamza Ibn Osman
(Hamza Ahmed), who writes powerful socially conscious poetry.
Hamza reciting the two poems below on Facebook (leave a Fb.
In preparation for the weekend in Washington
DC; Hamza writes:
reciting....the two poems below
Excited for the weekend!
Gotta sleep super early this evening
Cause very early in the morning I'm leaving
The last time I was there, I was in the 8th grade
Dang I'm growing old, that's over a decade
10 years later, more memories to be made
last time was with my class, this time is with my neighbor
Last time I was a student, this time I'm doing labor
last time was way before I even knew my major,
it was before I learned the use of a razor, and
was prior to my realization of putting words into paper.
That's my life in a snap shot
The following year the eagles were my mascot
Then it was the raiders but more recently the bull dogs
was my last stop.
Hamza out (mic drop)
It is our privilege
here to share one of the poems that he wrote after being at the
conference for a day,
and.... at the end of the conference it was read
by the Conference
Rev. Dr. Leslie Copeland-Tune,
to hundreds of people who were there:
" Listening to great speakers wise words spoken,
from my slumber beneath my blanket of comfort I've
For those not present this poem will serve as your token
many of the things I've heard will leave your heart broken
your eyes soaken
But the promise of my Lord is what keeps me hoping. it's what
keeps me going
I just got to do my part and leave the rest to my Lord who is
The speeches taught me to speak truth to power.
Truth is hard to swallow cause its taste is sour
Whereas falsehood has a sweetness that many are ready to devour
Amidst adversity we must remain brave and not allow ourselves to
And I'm thankful to the Lord for allowing me to partake in this
journey of ours
The weather here like our situation is one of slight showers
But after the storms clear, the clouds disappear and
manifests its power."