Note: Revised from the original post of July 3, 2017 (Subtitled: a 4th of July epigrammatic poetic meditation)
When Martin’s misty dream,
that hallowed declaration, three score years past,
shaken by righteous hands
from virtuous ethereality
to daily corporeality…
not color or caste,
is the fairest, truest measure…
When this land’s loathsome history –
of the sown venal seed of prejudice,
the reaped rotted fruit of injustice –
is read aloud,
within the hearing of a moral Heaven,
by public, penitent voices repenting of the sin,
and promising, “Never again!”
Then America’s experiment will become experience.
For then America will “be America again –
The land that never has been yet –
And yet must be – the land where every one is free.”
© 2020 PRA
“Martin’s misty dream” – a reference to the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s speech, I Have A Dream, August 23, 1963.
“be America again…” – from Let America Be America Again (1935), a poem by Langston Hughes (1902-1967); altered (“every one” substituted for “man”).