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Apostrophe to Martin

Two lifetimes I have seen since yours began
and still I am not free, though haunted by
your words, blood-coated with your passion, 
seeped into a history of marching feet.
The cadence of the years still cannot stand
their purity, and you, baton still high,
drum major for a righteousness you saw
that lived in dreams-- 
still march...and I cannot.

It's best you died,  perhaps, for you 
would not abide another line of voters 
kept out in the rain, 
their voices slain by fraud and  perfidy, 
their backs still open to the lash of scorn, 
and scarce remembering the wounds 
that you received when all you asked for
was to love.

That loving didn't get much easier
around this shrinking ball, disfigured from
a restless floor beneath the sea,  and for
a while the human heart was stirred, 
but more had died from  restless greed  
and naked power when love was set aside.

There's not much zeal for marching now 
along the streets of Washington, 
and bigotry is steeped inside.  
We need to hear your dream again,  
to have you sing with us once more,
to promise us that we shall overcome


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  1. Date: 8/5/2012 6:35:00 PM
    This is a beautiful tribute, Dean, to a man whose words will follow us for many generations. We don't hear the same verasity, "zeal" and spontaneity with our present leaders.:( However on special occassions we yet hear this speech! Thank you for your comments...may I ask you to please read, "The Unicorn's Gala"? I'd written it when my sister was dying of cancer, but she does feel to me, like this fantastical creature.:) Best wishes, Mikki

    Ludden Avatar Robert Ludden
    Date: 8/5/2012 9:41:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    going there now---and thanks
  1. Date: 8/5/2012 2:43:00 PM
    He was great, indeed. We may never see his like, again.

  1. Date: 8/5/2012 1:24:00 PM
    I remember listening to his speech and being moved to tears. Great tribute poem to a great leader.

    Ludden Avatar Robert Ludden
    Date: 8/5/2012 2:44:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    He was great, indeed. We may never see his like, again.