By l0nnieugene on 01/07/2007
The King is dead
--a scene in red.
His blood spilled
its flood filled
the rivers of forgivers.
For that was his practice,
He would have
lootings & shootings
that arose in the wake of his murder
when some chose to forsake his fervor
for being ensconced in non-violent response.
For he had courage that few men find.
Yet on that day of death when many of us knelt
to pray for humankind
some critics, rulers, & ridiculers felt
& so sung
“The Kingdom’s Done. The Kingdom’s done!”
Actually, there was no Kingdom
to come undone!
All he wanted was to bring some
semblance of the emblems
& a policy of equality.
He was able,
up to & even after that fateful day in April
to rally the faithful, the hateful, & the grateful
into the Creator’s fold
so we all could reach a greater goal.
The rifle with the high powered scope
did not stifle or fell the Tower of Hope,
it only added strength & length to the life
so that it ascended to a splendid height
where it is endeared & revered,
despite the leper-like efforts of
J. Edgar Hoover
& his home wrecker maneuvers.
Some say it was preordained
that Martin the martyr,
the ardent charter
of peaceful courses
would be slain at the Lorraine.
All we really know is that
he was silenced by violence…
Ah, but not before he’d been to truth’s mountain top.
Only then did his youth fountain drop
into a stream of his “Dream.’
Admittedly, Taylor Branch*
could have written A Tale of France.
Instead, he researched a century’s quarter
to write, what is arguably,
the definitive biography.
*Taylor Branch published the third of a 3 volume series entitled At Canaan’ Edge: America in the King years 1965-68
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© By l0nnieugene On 1/7/2007 9:52:24 PM