This week’s new work comes from poet and performer Warren Jackson in response to the theme of Joy and Proverbs 3:5-6“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

 

Listen to “Trust” by Warren Jackson: 

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I am going to trust

in the Lord. I am going to tru-ust

in the Lord. I am going to trust

in the Lord

for the slings and arrows

of this outrageous life

will be doused, and careen off

my armament of faith.

I shall not be moved!

Waters will rise;

Winds will blow;

My neighbor’s talk

lashes a yoke upon me

before I can run.

And still, I trod on

in preparation of peace.

I am goin’ to trust…

See, trust, is a five letter word

that leads to a five word sentence:

I will trust in Him.

Not with a half heart,

but a whole heart;

not with lip service

but with a chorus

of gratitude that starts with:

Thank you, Jesus.

For, it is His understanding

upon which I must lean.

He laid in a grave,

took a short nap,

but got up to descend from that cave

on Death’s door.

With keys swingin’

He got to jinglin’ and

He popped that lock –

pulled out all the stops

and was back top-side

by the break of dawn.

I am going to tru-ust

In the Lord

that the helmet of salvation

He has given me

will guard my thirsty thoughts

and guide my jealous tongue;

that the weapon of the Word I wield

will cleave vices and counter the coldness,

that my admission will be taken as submission

and He will make a way somehow.

For, at the end of days, the S on my breast

won’t read from the comic novel

nor slander me in the dust

but mark me as His righteous own.

I am goin’ to trust, in the Lord

till I die

 

From Warren: Grounded in Proverbs 3:5-6, with other inspiration by the latter parts of Ephesians 6, TRUST is a reflection of my experience as an artist, and my struggle to wrestle with the reality of a precarious, but promising life, through faith.

 

Warren Jackson, known lovingly to many simply as, Ren, hails from Indianapolis. This Midwest kid was reared in the Baptist church rooted in the tradition of home-folks from South Carolina and Alabama, and sprinkled with a bit of A.M.E. He grew up in the church with strong examples from his family members who served in several ways. Fostered by an enriching Sunday school experience, coupled with the supportive environment of attending a small primary and secondary school, led to opportunities to publish poems in University publications, a text book, and engage in spoken-word forums.
Since arriving in New York via Chicago, Ren has focused on his theater career, becoming a company member of Brave New World Repertory. He is currently in an original piece at Premiere Stages and will also be seen in a revival of Thornton Wilder’s THE LONG CHRISTMAS DINNER this winter. He received nominations for his work from the Black Theater of Alliance of Chicago for Best Featured Actor, in Victory Garden’s world premiere of SHOES, and from the regional Emmy board for his ensemble work on Chicago children’s television show, GREEN SCREEN ADVENTURES. He earned his MFA at the University of Arizona.

 

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