Thank You, Dr. King
Poems From The Porch
The blue sky calm of my peaceful porch environment
belies the social unrest that is rumbling
like a growl in the throat of a menacing canine.
I am turning for solace to the voice of Love
spoken through the powerful preaching
of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
on this day set aside to honor him.
In Paul’s Letter to American Christians,
his inspired and timeless, imagined epistle,
I find the Truth that I seek.
“Let no man pull you so low that you hate him.
Always avoid violence.
If you sow the seeds of violence in your struggle,
unborn generations will reap the whirlwind of social disintegration. . .
Love is the most durable power in the world . . .
the highest good is love.
This principle is at the center of the cosmos.
It is the great unifying force of life.
God is love.”
So I pray for peace beyond politics,
ethical action that promotes economic stability,
and benevolent brotherhood that builds bridges
through compassion and mercy.
And I commit to having an hospitable heart
and to abide in the hope that does not disappoint
because I know with all certainty
that Love never fails.