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He walks among us in Atlanta
though he be gone so long
He lives with them at Morehouse
voice echoes like a song

How ’bout Ebenezer 
where his words still ring today
Martin spoke there many times 
urged blacks and whites to pray

Sixteenth street Baptist 
where he mourned those little girls
Murdered by the men in sheets
He speaks of them as pearls

And yes he was with Lincoln
said he had a dream
Then marched the streets of Selma
amid white racist screams

The Mason Temple Church of God
He talked of Mountaintop
Lorraine Motel in Memphis
hatred had to stop

They cut him down that day in Memphis
thought civil rights would cease
Martin’s dream of love and vision
lives on; to bring all men to peace

Copyright © jeff eklund

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  1. Date: 3/28/2011 9:03:00 PM
    Just wonderful, Jeff. A very well deserved win. Glad to see one like this at the top! congratulations.

  1. Date: 3/23/2011 4:45:00 AM
    Congratulations on your well deserved win Jeff in Chris Matt's contest "Gone Too Soon". Love, Carol

  1. Date: 3/22/2011 8:37:00 PM
    It is said, 'no man can turn the tide' He did. this is a wonderful tribute Jeff, congrats on a brilliant poem. Harry

  1. Date: 3/22/2011 2:57:00 PM
    Beautiful tribute to MLK! Thanks for your kind remark! Ellen

  1. Date: 3/22/2011 11:44:00 AM
    Beautiful, fitting tribute to one who lived his words of love and peace for all men, everywhere. I believe every now and then God sends men as Martin to show us the way. Saddens me that still...some don't get it! Congratulations on your awesome win for this awesome write, so well deserving of 2nd place in Matt's Contest, Jeff! Always, Annalise

  1. Date: 3/22/2011 8:24:00 AM
    Jeff, I'm delighted to see your poem get the recognition it deserves. Congratulations on your big win in the contest! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 3/22/2011 8:03:00 AM
    He was A GREAT MAN! And you have written a GREAT dedication. Many congrat's on your WIN, Jeff. Lainie

  1. Date: 3/22/2011 1:18:00 AM
    Wow Jeff a well deserved win, congratulations to you on your win with this gem highlighting Martin Luther King's life and death..

  1. Date: 3/21/2011 8:04:00 PM
    Congrats Jeff on your super win in Gone Too Soon contest luv.. amazing words about MLK.. enjoy with luv..

  1. Date: 3/21/2011 7:30:00 PM
    Hey, when I first commented on this superb poem, I didn't know it was for Chris Matt's contest. Congratulations on your most deserved win! How cool is that!~Chris

  1. Date: 3/21/2011 6:22:00 PM
    Congrats to you on this stirring piece and your big win. BG

  1. Date: 3/20/2011 4:35:00 PM
    During his March to the White house, long long back, I watched him on TV in India and that famous song "We shall overcome" moved me a lot, jeff

  1. Date: 3/20/2011 4:06:00 PM
    How I cried the day I heard of King's assassination, Jeff. I was just a child, but remember him as a peace-loving man who wanted the world to enjoy harmony. Very moving poem and I hope you entered it in the "Gone Too Soon" contest. I'm sure it would do very well. Thanks for your kind comment. Best wishes, Carolyn

  1. Date: 3/19/2011 7:32:00 PM
    Touching tribute to the wonderful Dr. King. His dream is still alive, walking through many people's consciousness~Chris

  1. Date: 3/19/2011 6:55:00 PM
    Nice attempt at writing rhyme poem, jeff

  1. Date: 3/19/2011 4:40:00 PM
    He had a good dream...Sara