I had the privilege of writing the hook for Jabo’s song “Beautiful Mess” featuring Candace Dixon, and I got to feature some of my spoken word at the end of the track. Check it out! I hope you enjoy.
“Beautiful Mess” – Jabo feat. Candace Dixon & Quina Aragon: https://jabobeatbox.bandcamp.com/track/beautiful-mess-ft-candace-dixon-savannah-lauren-quina-aragon
Ah! What of this mess?
Strange sap melting back
into stinging cracks
torn upon my trunk upholding
choking, frozen easily broken branch
lightning strikes and hollow blows from feigned friends
only expose my own deep-rooted deficiencies within,
just fertile soil for further sin.
But what of this Gardener God-man?
He knows trees, He foreknew me
And now I know him
He’s at work, uprooting,
that bitterness rooted beneath my callus bark ridge.
And I recall, given gall
He gave me figs.
My risen Judge, His
bearing marks of His passion—
those scars? My sin against Him
are ornaments of grace,
worn and adored in Heaven.
His wounds, His weapons
defeating death’s herbicide-like sting.
So I, this mess, will sing
of His thorn-crowned compassion,
cursed for the Fall on a tree
to resurrect and
awaken us Spring:
beautifully fruitful, His vineyard green.