We Need Another Barefoot Prophet

By Morf Morford


Sometimes we know the answer,

Even when we’d rather not,

And even when we’re told,

Even when we’d rather not listen

In fact we, most of us at least,

Would rather kill the prophet

Than listen to what we know he will tell us.


And even then

That voice will never die,

Even though human history

And nearly every human heart

Would far rather kill

Or even die,

Than hear someone who would tell us,

Not only to hear the truth but to live it.


We need another barefoot prophet

To remind us that love is the only answer

And our hands are given to hold and to heal.

But if we had another barefoot prophet

Maybe, just once,

We’d listen

And walk

As if we too were treading on holy ground.

Morf Morford considers himself a free-range Christian who is convinced that God expects far more of us than we can ever imagine, but somehow thinks God knows more than we do. To pay his bills, he’s been a teacher for adults (including those in his local county jail) in a variety of setting including Tribal colleges, vocational schools and at the university level in the People’s Republic of China. Within an academic context, he also writes an irreverent ESL blog and for the Burnside Writers Collective. As he’s getting older, he finds himself less tolerant of pettiness and dairy products.