On this day in 1968
Occurred a speech in Southern State
So poignant, touching and profound
That quotations of it can be found
On TV clips and in our hearts;
The speaker with inspired words starts
A train of thought that can't be stopped:
“I've been to the mountain top”.
It's a time of civil rights unrest,
Where one voice towers above the rest
I speak of Martin Luther King
Whose memory will never dim.
To the Blacks he gave a voice
With his encouragement a choice
The lamp of hope was lit and burned
This charismatic leader yearned
For a peaceful, fairer, new world order
America with no racial border
A moment in history for next day
He was shot by James Earl Ray.
But once set alight, the flame
Of freedom inspired by his name
Burned brightly amid all the drama
And 'I have a dream' leads to Obama!
(c) Poet in the woods 2015
Shot in Memphis on 3rd April, 1968