Tamara Out Loud

poetry Archive

Wednesday

22

May 2013

6

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Lord’s Name, Not in Vain

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I am known for using strong words like fuck to carry my message. And I am known for holding the Word of God in the highest esteem. So you should know when I use the word Jesus to curse what is awful, no, I do not take the Lord’s name in vain; it is the strongest word I know.

Thursday

14

February 2013

4

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The internet hates Valentine’s Day (but I’m doing it anyway)

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My friend Stephen says that the internet hates Valentine’s Day. I think this is a hilarious thing to say because it is so entirely true. As an individual person, I don’t really care one way or the other about the holiday, but as a part of the collective consciousness that is The Internet, I am inclined to agree that it is a disagreeable day of saccharine sentiment, thanks almost wholly to– you guessed it– The Dang Internet. Moreover, I maintain a fierce aversion to the word lover, and this, not as a part of any nebulous “we,” but as a [...]

Wednesday

23

January 2013

16

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Listen?

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I wish you could listen without that sound in your voice; I would tell you so many stories about the real me. And maybe if you listened with your own heart still and quiet, You would hear the synching rhythm of a deep, familiar beat.

Wednesday

12

December 2012

0

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Thursday

6

December 2012

22

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Reunion

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Old friend– long gone, too far traveled– at last returns, arms wide, beams smile. And, oh! What joy– looks just like me.

Tuesday

30

October 2012

12

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Beyond Mere Words

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You say, “As a person of faith, I love the Bible and hate seeing it reduced to an adjective.” And I think, “I’m a person of faith who loves discussing God and parts of speech, failing to go beyond the reading.” And they balk, “She’s not a person of faith who loves God and His Good Word.” They don’t realize they’re seeing you enjoy a life of lived-out Scripture. But I know: You are a person of faith Who loves and lives the Bible because you’re teaching me, inspiring to live beyond mere words. Today’s post is part of a [...]

Tuesday

23

October 2012

36

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A Proper Baptism

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I had a proper baptism Enshrined in liturgy, Sprinkled with holy water From a fixed baptismal font. Head full of soft, sweet curls And all I knew of God Was you could ask him for your wishes; He’d make you nice and good. Now my head is full of tangles And all I know of God Is He doesn’t make you nice or good; But He will make you well. And if I had it to do over I’d have a proper baptism, Knocked under by wild waves, Come up holy from the salt. *** Please don’t mistake my brief [...]

Thursday

6

September 2012

27

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Broken to Fix You

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I trace your story across your face, and I want to rewrite, but I read. I am too broken to fix you. I feel your wounds with heart and hands, but mine can’t heal, just hold. I am too broken too. So I lift stories and hearts and wounds as whispers and cries in God’s ear. I am too broken to fix you. I beg it’s enough to make you whole, that He was broken to fix you. I am too broken too.

Friday

3

August 2012

17

COMMENTS

Factory Punched

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First, an update: After many months of intense work, I’m relieved and delighted to tell you I’ve completed the editing phase of What a Woman is Worth! I’m now onto proofreading, which will be far faster and easier; then I’ll write the introductions to each section. I hope to have the final manuscript to Civitas Press in just a couple of weeks! Many of you have been so kind to tell me you miss my writing here. As you can imagine, the themes of worth and objectification and harm to women have overrun my mind and lain heavy on my [...]

Wednesday

18

April 2012

10

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A Sacrifice to All the Wrong Gods

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There is a certain weight around which I feel most comfortable and confident, and I was about seven pounds beyond it when I went to speak at the Killer Tribes Conference a few weeks ago. I was not thrilled about this fact. But people paid attention anyway. They even said I kicked ass, not that mine was too big. And as I went on my only run of spring break (for which I had so optimistically packed five workout outfits), a few words about the lies I’m given to believe came to mind, and I’m sharing them at A Deeper [...]