Happy Poetry Friday! I’m going to the Young Women’s March Rally 2019, this Saturday in Chicago. Our temps here are dropping rapidly and it’s going to be quite cold so I’m glad they are doing an hour and a half rally and not actually Marching. Though we were all invited to make and bring signs. There are so many problems today, it’s often difficult to decide what to focus on–Building bridges for the environment and humanitarian rights are both top on my list, hence my sign…
I carried this theme of Justice into a golden shovel poem that I wrote while thinking about Martin Luther King Jr. and all he was trying to achieve for Humanity and Justice.
TRUE PEACE (for Martin Luther King Jr.)
Truth, show us what’s truly true–
Come now Truth, emerge, and step into the light of peace.
Focus us on what is
nimble minded distractions, like the
many walls that oligarchs construct in the absence
of better judgement, and lack of
humility–Cease this destructive tension
and erase the fissures it
has caused. Divisiveness is
unproductive for all humanity. The
earth’s survival depends on the presence
of cooperation, of working together, each of
us, working for freedom and justice.
© 2019 Michelle Kogan
From Martin Luther King Jr.’s quote, “True peace is not merely the absence of tension it is the presence of justice.”
I sadly heard today that Mary Oliver has died, she was and always will be a favorite poet of mine–I thought of her as a kindred spirit. Here’s a stanza from her poem, WHEN DEATH COMES, that I heard when hearing about her passing on the radio.
“When it’s over, I want to say: all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.”
Read the rest of her poem here.
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