Seasons pass and refresh memories of those who have gone before– voices onward from today and from yesterday.
Today, we honor the voice of Martin Luther King, Jr. Listen to his “I have a dream” speech at NPR here.
Two of my colleagues honored the day, the man, the vision with their own writings:
Kevin Hodgson: Voices, Echo
Terry Elliott and others: image-text-every-little-thing-a-neo-rhetoric
Their words, questioning, yet hopeful, fit the fight that MLK’s voice echoes today.
It’s a somber day, considering the historical events in the United States, events that take us back to before Martin Luther King and all the others fought, nonviolently, for civil rights.
On reading those poems, I echo, with some of their words, my own:
It is, until it isn’t
A change you won’t know
but those surrounding you will…
…Will the word and world
somewhere between each other
and with each other
while you’re real
so those around you rise
even when your will isn’t
What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult to each other?
Uplift others with our voices, so they may move onward when we no longer can.