Wordsworth wrote an endless poem in blank verse on” the growth of a poet’s mind.” I shall attempt a more modest feat for a more distracted age: a blog, “Things which a Lifetime of Trying to Be a Poet has Taught Me.”
Sharing worship with Africans in a church with mud walls and a thatched roof that you had to reach by 4-wheel drive is an experience few Americans have had. If you ever get the chance to do it, you should.
“Mukama yeba si’ bwe” means “Praise the Lord” in Luganda. “Chetibwa cha Mukama” is “Glory to the Lord.” A kanisa is a church. “Soli Deo gloria” is “Glory to God alone” in Latin.
The voices shout, “Mukama yeba si’ bwe!”
The drums are pounding, and the bodies sway.
Hands clap, feet shuffle, and a lady’s voice
Leads out to set the song; hers is the choice.
She sings a line; the people sing it back
With zeal and harmony. There is no lack
Of joy. The cry, “Chetibwah cha Mukama!”
Resounds through the Kanisa. Thus the drama
Of worship is played out in Africa.
And we, whose “Soli Deo Gloria”
Is more sophisticated, less intense,
Might profitably pick up a couple hints.
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