Poem: A Mighty King

A Mighty King





















To a proud family, a mighty King was born
From the hallowed halls of heaven, he was torn
Planted safely in the core of a peach
A place under the sun where Auburn is sweet
A black metropolis back in 1929
On the 15th day of the year, it was his time

In the two-story Victorian home where he lived
He learned to love and he grew to give
Of powerful men, he was the next generation
To bring a message of peace to the entire nation

He would speak God’s word and classic poetry
An upstanding pillar he was and will ever be
Strengthened by a mother and grandmother’s love
Empowered by a divine side, connected from above
Mused by his powers and moved by his beliefs
Challenged by anti-muse, the countless lying thieves

He finished high school at a tender fifteen
Then graduated Morehouse with his first degree
A theology seminary by the name of Crozer
Was his home for three years and brought him closer
To Boston, where he would earn his third degree
And meet the matriarch of his own family
An artistic and intellectual woman I see
With four children proudly standing

A pastor, he became in 1954
A crusader for justice knocked on Jim Crow’s door
He was the shepherd to a flock on Dexter Avenue
Where he preached against hatred and abuse
I can hear the angels sing: the torch was passed
He saw the day when we all would be free at last

I was not there when he was relegated
To the rear of establishments, so segregated
I was not there when the walking began
For 382 days against the unlawful ordinance
I was not there when they bombed his home
But I know that he and his family were never alone

As Jim Crow suffered from a blackened eye
King traveled and spoke over two thousand times
Each message carefully crafted was divine
The marches he led brought sight to the blind
From the Birmingham Jail to Time Magazine
This Nobel Peace Prize winner was a mighty King

by John D. Evans
Copyright 2009. All Rights Reserved.

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