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He Was Just a Man


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Just a Man

Today we celebrate Martin Luther King;
just a man, but a man, of whose works we sing.
A man with a gift for inspiring with words 
moved us with conviction needing to be heard.
African-American raised in the South,
born a preacher's son with a rebellious mouth.
Early days, refusing to answer to "Boy",
but he sang in a choir with fervor and joy.
Husband and father nurtured love in his home,
but his heart held much more, that's told in this tome.
Called to be a blazing Baptist minister,
preaching equality, nothing sinister.
Violence was detrimental to protest,
instead, peaceful sit-ins and marches were best.
50s leader of the Civil Rights Movement,
leading an errant nation to improvement.
His speeches and actions still push us today,
his work is not over, but someday, we pray.
Too soon he was murdered for shining his beam.
He was just a man, but a man with a Dream.
                              ~~Judi Van Gorder

Genre: Encomium
Verse Form: Mathnawi

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