A Poem for the Coffee Hour on Dr. MLK, Jr. Day

Let's not forget to do what we must with both strength and love.

Let’s not forget to do what we must with both strength and love.

Photo by Marion S. Trikosko

“Coffee, Cream With Civil Rights”

(c) Kerri Nicole McCaffrey, 2013

Originally published in the book, In the Valley of Glow Trees, Create Space, 2013, by Kerri Nicole McCaffrey.

The vase was cobalt
and the flower, yellow
sunlight streaming explosions
on iridescent things–
a butterfly crafted
of peacock wings.
And love is light
and light is fair
so I have been crossing
ruby bridges
pondering
Rosa Parks
and Martin Luther King, Jr.
wondering—
did they sit in their kitchens
clay cup of bitterness

turned to coffee light and sweet
trying to stomach despair?
Federal Marshals, high pressure hoses, shots fired
from grassy knolls.
Or did they sit quietly
and linger
a tad longer
in the filtered light
the glitter dust
whispering, “deliver us”
from evil
as they sunk daffodils in blue vases
went out and placed themselves in harm’s way
tamped with equality
willing to be exploded—
scintillant slivers and silver shrapnel—?

Christ!

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One Response to A Poem for the Coffee Hour on Dr. MLK, Jr. Day

  1. Pingback: Coffee, Cream, Poetry & Martin Luther King, Jr. | Green4All Blog

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