Tuesday, January 17, 2012

"Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." a poem

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther planted a freedom tree
He envisioned it laden with ripe fruit
To help us reach a peaceful destiny

Branches of hope, courage, and dignity
Prayerful a perfect harvest could take root
Martin Luther planted a freedom tree

To gather as "A single garment", key
Life as interrelated; our pursuit
To help us reach a peaceful destiny

Hard work and sacrifice a certainty
Believing the dream; a difficult route
Martin Luther planted a freedom tree

"Determined courage", a must we agree
"Urgency" with one voice we must recruit
To help us reach a peaceful destiny

A better world Dr. King did foresee
Watering and nurturing, our salute
Martin Luther planted a freedom tree
To help us reach a peaceful destiny

Margaret Bednar, Art Happens 365, January 2011

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I thought it would be fun to go back a whole year and see what I was doing.  The above poem (a villanelle) was originally written for "One Stop Poetry" and is inspired by quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

This is linked with "dVerse Poet's Pub - Open Link Night, Week #27"


Janet said...

I am Canadian, but I think he gave North America a better world! This is worth a repeat and...This gives me an idea.I'm going to see what was on my mind a year ago.

Mary said...

Ah, Margaret, if only Martin Luther King had lived to see the result of his 'freedom tree.' And now his memorial in Washington D. C. I liked your poem very much.

Heaven said...

I love this...I can relate to this even though I am no American. I pray that all heroes find their sacrifices all worth it ~

Divalounger said...

I love the idea of a freedom tree from which we can reap fruit--lovely write!


Mark Kerstetter said...

He was a true American, and very inspiring. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Lovely cadence - rhythm and rhyme

Ginny Brannan said...

Love the Villanelle format, and a perfect sentiment considering we just celebrated a day of remembering him. Amazing man, King was. A true visionary ahead of his time.

Pat Hatt said...

Great tribute and wonderful pace, nicely done!

Brian Miller said...

nice flash back...he def was a great man...i wish we nourished the tree all the more...nice play to form as well margaret...

sorry it took me so long to get here...the blogger embedded comment issues make it really hard to comment....

Margaret said...

Is the pop up easier and faster? I never have problems either way, but I have received that comment before. I thought this new individual reply feature was neat, but I guess I will go back to pop up window tomorrow. Thanks for telling me.

Shashi S said...

A beautiful tribute to a great personality... I liked it so very much...


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