“We Wear the Mask” – Poem About Happy Faces Hiding Tortured Souls

(Since we are all wearing masks, and in light of the current unrest, I moved this article forward from 2022.) African American Poetry African American poetry is poignant and powerful.  It is not written from the intellect or appetites.  Instead, most Black poetry it is written from "the heart in conflict with itself." (I gave … Continue reading “We Wear the Mask” – Poem About Happy Faces Hiding Tortured Souls

Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (17): Chiasmus

“Chiasmus” comes from the Greek letter “X” or “chi.”  This recently discovered ancient Hebrew literary device is where thoughts are repeated back in reverse order. Chiasmus is defined most simply as an inverted type of parallelism. If these two series of thoughts were lined up in columns, connecting them would form “X’s.” For simplicity sake, … Continue reading Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (17): Chiasmus

Contribution of Enslaved African Americans

American History Commentary This is "Juneteenth" Month* Enslaved African Americans played a major and vital role in establishing and building this great nation. We owe them a huge debt of gratitude.  They do not get enough recognition or credit for their contribution. They should have a large monument, like the Lincoln Memorial or the Jefferson … Continue reading Contribution of Enslaved African Americans

Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (10): Poetry

Prophets are poets.  When emotions overwhelm us, or when the spirit soars within us, our thoughts turn to poetry. Fully one-third of the Old Testament is written in poetry.  The New Testament also contains poetry. Likewise, the Book of Mormon is filled with poetry.   To truly savor and get the “feel” of poetry you should read it … Continue reading Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (10): Poetry

Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (8): Ancient Hebrew Poetry

The Book of Mormon is filled with repetition. This influenced Mark Twain to describe the Book of Mormon as “slow,” “sleepy,” and “insipid.” He called it “chloroform in print.” (Mark Twain, Roughing It, p. 102-103) The repetition is the result of ancient Hebrew literary styles. The most commonly recognized poetic style is parallelism. ( I first … Continue reading Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (8): Ancient Hebrew Poetry