Saturday, October 26, 2013

more to dream – v7

more to dream
in this land, opportunity
land of the pilgrims
of the slaves, the servants
of the righteous, the fallen
those who were martyrs
those we honor, remember,
those we yet hate

so much more to do
the road is long, hard
but it is within our power
as a people, a nation
one people together
our choice to be complacent
or to stand in courage
in our time, in this place

it is our decision, our choice
more to dream, to strive for
to stand as a people, united
not hating those around us
we can lift up our neighbors
to say no to the tyrants, to those
who would subjugate our people

all to truly be equal
in truth, not mere words
regardless of color,
our races, our differences
they make us stronger
all to be valued,
all sisters and brothers

too long strangers
divided by striving
the false dream, the lie,
that all could be wealthy
to chase the brass ring
the corner office, a prison,
treating our neighbors
as competitors, as rivals

more to dream as a nation
so much left undone
yet to become one
one people, together
united within us, one people
one common bond, our creed
all to be equal, free in our persons
all one, in this land of liberty

Edited October 25, 2013
more to dream – v7
Edited September 10, 2013
more to dream – v6
Edited September 8, 2013
more to dream – v5
(editing version 3)
Edited August 30, 2013
more to dream – v3
Edited August 30, 2013
more to dream – v2
August 30, 2013
more to dream
inspired by Twitter post
by Alicia Keys
 “Dr. King taught the world to believe in the power of a dream. There's so much more to dream #MLK #MarchOn
her embedded link
August 28, 2013
“the weight of this moment”
speech of President Obama
at 50th anniversary of
the “I Have A Dream” speech
by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
earlier poems
January 21, 2013
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
and his final speech before his assassination
and Inauguration of the President
Barack Hussein Obama
by Myrlie Evers-Williams
Inaugural Address
quote in the speech, “"Our journey is not complete until our
gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law"
several poems written in 2009
on the juxtaposition of the
80th birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
and the inauguration of Barack Obama
as President of the United States of America

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