march thirty one: #30poems30days, April 4, 2013

1968

there are many roads
named for a man
who walked in peace
fought for justice
and stood for non-violence

now
many of these streets, avenues, and boulevards
have become inescapable havens
where violence has become the norm
peace is an unspoken word
and where an innocent bystander losing her young life
has become a daily ritual

yet
some
gun fanatics
would rather
cling to an outdated
right to bear arms
than to reshape gun laws
to benefit
the least of these
children
left to die
in their mother’s arms

somehow, Dr. King’s dream
has been deferred
again

#30poems30days

thank you for reading march thirty one poetry

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