Benjamin Isaiah Black’s “FINALE: Curtain Call”

***This was performed live on April 22, 2015***

This was the last show I performed before I graduated. It’s me doing what I do best, doing what I love to do. It’s poetry, it’s mime, it’s film, it’s theatre, it’s music, it’s entertainment, it’s inspiring, it’s encouraging, it’s uplifting, it’s art, it’s godly. I hope you enjoy it! God bless you, and I love you!

(c) April 2015, B.I.B. Productions

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Blue Skies

***This was written on April 2, 2012***

Condensation takes its toll again
The clouds cover the sky
It’ll rain soon, and the sky is completely gray
…Or is it?
There are some thin clouds up there,
Thin enough to make past the clouds and see the blue skies
There are blue skies behind these clouds
The sky itself is not gray
It may be hard to tell, but the sky is still behind these gray clouds

May I remember this regarding You
Sometimes I can’t see You in my life
I can’t feel You sometimes
But that’s when my faith and trust in You has to be the strongest
Help me believe – help me know that You are always present
You promised to never leave me or forsake me, and You don’t retract Your Word
No matter what I face, may I remember You’re always here
You’re constantly working
You never fail
You have a plan
You love me
Yes, You’re always here
Just like the blue skies

(c) April 2012, B.I.B. Productions
(P) BOOYIKA!, Inc.

Weeping May Endure for a Night, but Joy Comes in the Morning

***This 2-part poem was written on September 11, 2008***
***This was inspired by the incidents that occurred on 09/11/2001***

Weeping May Endure for a Night…
A tear has fallen from my face
I look around this room, and realize that this will never be the same place
I can’t hug you no more. You’re gone, you ain’t near
As I got ready to tell you something, I remembered you’re not here

Why would God allow it for you to die?
The Bible says, Jesus, that You’d wipe away the tears that I cry
But my face is moist from my tears! Where are You?!
Why aren’t You doing the things that You promised me You’d do?

When I picked up the phone and received the news
I became angry, sad, scared, and confused
And what’s worst, they’re not here to lemme know it’s alright
When I call your name and don’t hear a response, I think of God and I wanna fight

Because I’m angry! God, You could have prevented this!
Couldn’t You let me see them 1 last time? Have 1 last hug or kiss?
Why would You do this to me, my friend? Do You hate us or something? ANSWER ME!!
Don’t turn away, don’t ignore me! The incision of hate is too deep inside me!

Will the sun ever stop hiding and reveal its light?
How much longer will I have to cry myself to sleep at night?
If I can’t laugh again, I’ll die for sure
It seems like every single night, my weeping may endure

…But Joy Comes in the Morning
Yes, I see you. I hear you. It’s going to be OK.
You’re still living in tonight, but you have yet to see a new day
I understand and feel your pain. I’m crying your tears too.
Don’t you know I’ll NEVER leave nor forsake you?

This may seem farfetched to you, but this is to help strengthen you
There’s always a plan to everything I do
I don’t hate you, I love you; I’m not ignoring you, I’m here
I’m here to protect you, so don’t worry or fear

I’m drawn to you. I wouldn’t dare try to do you any harm
When you call on My Name, I’m there. I always keep you in My Arms
Take this Power, Joy, and Strength I’m giving you to keep the faith
Don’t stop, you’re almost there; keep seeking My Face

When this storm passes, you’ll be a new creature, and you’ll smile again
This is just the beginning, far from the end
You’ll look new, feel new, sound new because of this change
But you can’t see it if you’re being weighed down with sorrow’s chains

I am your Rock, your Shield, your place of safety
All I’m asking you to do is put your trust in Me
Put your best foot forward, and continue your walk
When your storms has ceased, no words of sadness or hate will be I your talk

The rain has stopped. The clouds are gone.
“Victory” and “Strength” is your new song
You were lying in your bed last night complaining and groaning
But Joy cometh in the morning

(c) September 2008, B.I.B. Productions
(P) BOOYIKA!, Inc.

All I Need…

***This was written on February 14, 2007***

All I need is Your Love
That reigns down on me Heavenly from Above
It’s more precious than a sweet and pure dove
All I need is Your Love

All I need is Your Grace
All me, Lord, to see Your Face
I cannot wait to be in Your Place
All I need is Your Grace

All I need is Your Peace
So that I will not show hate, not in the least
Let me bestow it like a large feast
All I need is Your Peace

All I need is Your Joy
Not so that I may take it and cloy
But so that I will treasure it like a child would treasure their favorite toy
All I need is Your Joy

All I need is Your Mercy
Help me not to shame Thee
Bless me in all I do, even as I breathe
All I need is Your Mercy

All I need is Your Heart
So that my brand new life with You may start
Just pick me up, be with me, and I’ll do my part
All I need is Your Heart

All I need is Your Hand
I know that everything, I don’t understand
But I also know that it’s part of Your Plan
All I need is Your Hand

All I need is Your Blood
The Blood shed on Calvary for the sins of everyone
It’s more precious and brighter than the sky’s sun
All I need is Your Blood

All I need is Your Son
Let me see His Face in Kingdom Come
He defeated my enemies when they were on the run
All I need is Your Son

All I need is You
All I need is You
All I need is You
All I need is You

(c) February 2007, B.I.B. Productions
(P) BOOYIKA!, Inc.