Defying All Odds

Struggling through the mucky mire
Climbing life's impossible obstacles
Harassed intimidated and ashamed
Fighting against the prejudice systems
Continually exploited by elitist regimes

Victimized
Villainized
Oppressed
Forsaken
Forgotten

Strongly rising with hopeful expectations
Staring blankly into life's travesties
Refusing to bow succumb and submit
Struggling kin loving without borders
Prayerful perseverance unites them all

Against all odds
Defying all odds
Rising
Creating
Living

Cuffed and frisked for reasons unknown
Sentenced coz of funds lacking
Deemed guilty until proven innocent
Jesus cries "he without sin, cast the first stone"
Yet rocks sail continuously in their direction

Victimized
Villainized
Oppressed
Forsaken
Forgotten

Strongly rising with hopeful expectations
Staring blankly into life's travesties
Refusing to bow succumb and submit
Struggling kin loving without borders
Prayerful perseverance unites them all

Against all odds
Defying all odds
Rising
Creating
Living

This community of rejects rise
Homeless felons linking arms together
Lifting each other up in the struggle
Creating powerfully loving bonds
Living in uniquely strange circumstances

While constantly falling; they rise
While isolated; they create community
While grieving; laughter still comes
While defeated; victory is found
While dying; they live abundantly


Strongly rising with hopeful expectations
Staring blankly into life's travesties
Refusing to bow succumb and submit
Struggling kin loving without borders
Prayerful perseverance unites them all

Against all odds
Defying all odds
Rising
Creating
Living

They live;
and I smile as I observe
life's unexplainable
unexpected
beauty.....

The strength and resilience of the poor
Their loving created community
Forgiveness reigning amongst the pain
People rising against all odds
                    ..... and defying all odds

They live;
and I smile while knowing
God's non-conforming
against all odds
Gospel truth.....

His Kingdom of Revolutionary Love
Jesus gloriously raising the oppressed
Proclaiming unmistakeable parables
Making the first last and last first
Embracing embodying the "least of these"
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