the writer’s muse.

bent but not broken

wounded yet still breathing

bravely refusing to silently disappear

this is how I have been of late, God

i am grateful.

my gratitude does not wipe away my rage

but does allow me to move, and, act, and show-up, in ways where rage doesn’t take over…

it just glides off me like raindrops off flower petals

refusing to delay my assignment

or silence your message of love embodied in all creation

manifested in a world of justice and peace.

Oh how my FULL FLESHY SELF rejoices in you today, Oh God!

Ashé and Selah ~


Rev. Dr. Marilyn Pagán-Banks (she/her/hers/ella) is a queer womanist minister, healer, and life-long co-learner committed to the liberation of oppressed and colonized peoples, building power and creating community. She lives in Chicago with her spouse and has three children and 12 grandchildren.  Dr. Pagán-Banks currently serves as executive director of A Just Harvest, pastor at San Lucas UCC, and adjunct professor at McCormick Theological Seminary and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.  She is a certified yoga teacher and joyful contributor in the newly released book Words of Her Mouth: Psalms for the Struggle.”


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