I’ve claimed to be Muslim since about 15 years old. Only now… only now do I feel the power of this faith…when u know that in serving others ur really serving urself…but also knowing the truth behind this injunction given to us to heed and follow: There is no obedience to the creation in the disobedience of the Creator!… A boy came to me yesterday homeless and I offered him clothing. New shirts, socks, boxers etc… after work I tried to find him but couldn’t..someone else came in my path so I gave those things to him. This morning I see the boy and spoke with him as he was just wandering around aimlessly and he cared nothing for those necessities. Just cigarettes. Cash for whatever purpose. These things I can’t give u I said. I offered him clothes again but all he wanted to do was convince me to allow him some smokes from my work. Turn the other way he said…. again no… I can’t. I tried to speak to him of integrity and faith… but frustrated with my refusal to bend or help him hurt himself, he turned and walked away… I stood there and watched him disappear down the road…

Published by Pack Redfeather

I am a walking contradiction of traditions some say. An African American and Native American Muslim poet with a personal life history as violently turbulent as a Storm. A visionary from the bottom of life’s social barrel striving to share the hope found in the light of faith through sometimes dark but real poetry. I’m a former member of the Bloods street gang, former serial bank robber, and both federal/state prison convict. I live on my mother’s tribal reservation of the Leech Lake band of Ojibwe in Minnesota.

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