Being Born Again
I remember my mom telling me this story. . .
I was a 4-year-old shepherd in the nativity play
at the Pentecostal church where my grandpa was pastor.
The king of kings is born!
was to be shouted to the people of Bethlehem.
I stood center stage,
shepherd’s cane wagging,
and ate the microphone with garbled sounds of blasphemy.
The kids playing joseph and Mary stared
at the plastic baby Jesus in the manger, looking for guidance.
My grandma, the director, shouted my line
like it’d remind me to be righteous.
I kept on garbling.
Biblical laughter emanated from the flock
until my grandpa’s pale, front pew bald head turned red,
my microphone turned off, and the flock’s laughter stopped.
The play went on around me.
My mom said it was hard for my grandpa to forgive.
She had to convince him.
He worked his forgiveness into a future sermon,
so I guess I was reborn.
is an educator and poet living in Tigard, OR, with his wife of ten-years, Kelley, and their newborn, Kylo. Holding a Master of Arts in Teaching and a Bachelor of Arts in Writing from Western Oregon University, Ty has spent the last 14 years learning, growing, and making mistakes as a teacher and a poet. His poetry has been featured in WritersResist, Ragtag Magazine, and WinningWriters.com as a finalist in the 2020 Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry contest. Ty.Brack has also been a featured performer at the 2020 PDX Winter Poetry Fest, and he won the 2020 Slamlandia Championship in Portland. His first spoken word poetry album, Smash The Lens, is available on Bandcamp, with all proceeds donated to Taking Ownership PDX, an organization dedicated to interrupting gentrification. And in 2021, his poems “indoctrination.” and “The Still Looming Lens” were produced into poetry videos by creative agency STCK Design and can be found on the STCK Design YouTube channel.