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I don’t know how to sing the blues


borrowed, with gratitude from, Humans of New York :

the rest is me. sometimes we need examples of who not to be and what not to do.

some people channel such BULLSHIT through their lives.

so… that got me to the following:

Joanne has cancer. I spend almost every minute of the day willing her to be healed. I would take every ounce of strength I have and infuse her with it. I would give her every last drop of blood and white blood cells I can generate. I would carry her to the top of the mountain if I thought God could hear me more clearly.

this morning I ventured out to Starbucks in my Jeep. I often do annoying things that might include singing country songs at the top of my voice out of key, pray, play music loud (my current favorite to the horror of my neighborhood) is, What It’s Like (not a country song) by Everlast, from the Whitey Ford Sings the Blues album. it fits nicely with an open-air Jeep Wrangler (in Milton, Georgia this is the new Porsche).

a prayer popped into my head. then I realized it was a poem. then thought it might be a prayer. but, $@&% it… I meant it.

I love God He keeps me on my feet I love God He does not know the meaning of defeat I love God He keeps me on my toes I love God he is the architect of my woes I love God He makes me strong I love God He confuses my understanding of luck and fortuna I love God I beg him to make Jo well Soona (that was me rollin a bit ghetto).

so… what if poems are a form of prayer? does that mean stupid poems possess the potential to piss off God? if it makes me feel better, I think that’s a good sign.

…this reminds me… I wish Brandon, the creator and curator of Human of New York, would offer a method other than TUMBLR to share his own efforts. I wonder if he hears me?

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

2 Comments to

“I don’t know how to sing the blues”

  1. Avatar July 9th, 2014 at 10:01 am George Says:

    In March of 2003 I was walking upi the stairs to my office and a poem hit me for the first time since a child. I immediately went to my desk to write it down as it came to me. I realized it was a poem as a prayer that came so simply as to represent a new way to pray in a new season. I began writing for the 1st time since at Vanderbilt.

    It was titled Open the Door.

    A musician and playwriter that I was mentoring at the time read it and said it was first gradish and that I needed to learn how to right my writing. I said Yes!!! As I child I was able to write again. Poestry is the language of the soul. Keep up and on!!!

  2. Avatar July 9th, 2014 at 11:20 am Todd Miechiels Says:

    thanks for sharing Brian. I believe one of Jesus’ most powerful and magnetic leadership traits was His willingness to be vulnerable and transparent. When the onion is peeled back, it’s thrilling and exciting to see those traits reflected from within you.

    I think God honors those who both wrestle with Him and are willing to risk looking foolish, or childlike to man for the reward of drawing closer to Him.

    His thoughts are higher than our thoughts and His ways our higher than our ways. Keep wresting, keep writing, lean hard and ceaselessly on Him, and I pray that your trials and struggles in the times ahead draw you and Joanne closer to Him and that together you would experience the joy that comes from that.

    Peace and hope,


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