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You Can't

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You Can't

I try to understand
What it was like
For you
When your world 
Consisted of
You can't

You can't
Sit at the front of the bus
You can't drink from that fountain
You can't look that man in the eye
When you speak to him
It's yes sir
How high sir

You can't 
You can't 
You can't better your life
You can't go to that school
You can't be friends with that boy or girl

Then you Rose
You Parked yourself
In a front seat with quiet strength
With immovable spirit you said no
Enough
I deserve more
I demand your respect
You drank from freedoms fountain
You exerted you
Took what was 
Changed it to what is
What is
Is because of you and the many
That fought not with hands but galvanized spirits

The call of yes we can
Yes we can
You became part of the we
Participants
Livers of the dream

Doors opened
A crack
Some still try to hold you back
Yet you know 
You can
Those glorious words
Fought for
Earned
Deserved
Finally 
Thankfully
Taken
Realized
That chance at a better life
Your piece
Your life
Rooted in 
You
Yes you can!
You will
You have
Finally you have a home
That belongs to you






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  1. Date: 3/13/2014 11:38:00 AM
    Rick may I have your permission to post this on my FB page?...citing you of course.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 3/13/2014 12:08:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I would be honoured, feel free to post. Hugs Rick
  1. Date: 3/13/2014 11:31:00 AM
    THIS is amazing in every one of its many facets! I get angered by those of us that take advantage, that complain but do not work, that fight but were never erred against.... THIS is for all the rest of us; who can, who did, who do! .....this is perfect. Rick...perfect.

  1. Date: 3/9/2014 5:13:00 AM
    A moving tribute! "Drank from freedom's fountain" I love it!

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 3/9/2014 9:14:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I'm am glad!
  1. Date: 3/9/2014 5:12:00 AM
    A moving tribute! "Drank from freedom's fountain" I love it!

  1. Date: 3/7/2014 8:58:00 AM
    Magnificent tribute to this woman. I recently talked about her with my ESL students and showed a video from youtube about her. She had quite an amazing life.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 3/7/2014 9:20:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    She is an example of the strength within quiet.
  1. Date: 3/7/2014 8:06:00 AM
    a most wise pen Rick discrimination is always a bad thing great write hugs

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 3/7/2014 8:09:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Shadow.
  1. Date: 3/6/2014 1:22:00 PM
    Rick, very impressive. Your message empowers those who are within a racial tension environment.... Rightful minded you are :)s... Verlena

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 3/6/2014 2:08:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Verlena, I appreciate the visit and comment.
  1. Date: 3/6/2014 10:45:00 AM
    Ok, I'm in line with everyone else: I thought this was about Rosa Parks and Civil Rights. Very strong and powerful message, Richard. Well-expressed, also. This is an excellent socially-conscious poem which is still relevant today. People are still being oppressed and persecuted for being different, and it's a sad fact. I applaud you, my friend; you captured the fight for freedom spirit most superlatively :)

    That Archaic Poet Avatar Just That Archaic Poet
    Date: 3/6/2014 11:17:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Sometimes I don't always get free-verse, but this was easily understood and quite moving, indeed :)
    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 3/6/2014 10:52:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Chan, getting a positive comment from you on a non rhyming poem always means the world to me Chan. You rock buddy.
  1. Date: 3/6/2014 9:53:00 AM
    Brilliant Richard.. And more, Challenging!

  1. Date: 3/6/2014 9:29:00 AM
    Powerful!

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 3/6/2014 9:33:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Dave.
  1. Date: 3/5/2014 10:59:00 PM
    Excellent poem...

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 3/6/2014 7:36:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Bindu.
  1. Date: 3/5/2014 7:46:00 PM
    I remember that well Rick, Rosa Parks on the bus, just takes one to make a stand and see what followed, and about time too. Take care, Richard

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 3/5/2014 8:26:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    You as well Rich, have a good night.
  1. Date: 3/5/2014 9:43:00 AM
    WOW! WOW WOW WOW! I like! :) The power of fighting back. Standing for what you believe it......at whatever cost. Awesome, Rick!

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 3/5/2014 9:53:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Read Becca's blog and you will know what it's all about! Solidarity with Charmaine....
    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 3/5/2014 9:51:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Eileen, I like the glasses!