On this fourth day of NaPoWriMo I felt compelled to nod to Maya Angelou (it would have been her 90th birthday) and to acknowledge the atrocious assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (50 years ago). I decided to write a Golden Shovel poem using three lines from Maya Angelou’s poem “Abundant Faith.”
These times of born again fear
Remind us that justice is not
Yet available for all. We’ve
Witnessed brutality as our brothers come
Under fire—happens to our sisters too.
Hasn’t this gone too far?
Fifty years ago Dr. King reminded us to
Persevere, “We aren’t going to let dogs or water hoses turn
Us around.” We shall not wallow in despair. We must go back
To that Dream. We
Must go back to the truths that are
Self-evident. It is time for equity. We shall walk together, not
Alone. Free and empowered—no longer afraid.
Brothers and sisters, your lives matter and
It is time to join hands as we
Sing together, work together, pray together. We shall
hear freedom ring and see love overcome.