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It is now, that I wonder about you
Queen Yolanda King
Now that you’ve transitioned
into spirit’s realm,
your heart
broken by or before the tender age of 5?
I am almost envious of your delicate
impressionable years
What an honor it must have been
To look not into the eyes of a King
But a man,
Though that is not what he
Was to me…and some
Who’ve so far placed
40 generations of
Hopeful humanitarian effort
On recorded scraps of his sermons
The butt of his speech on Washington
Three to five headshots
Poised poses in deep thought or
Mouth agape, finger pointed
Blasting indictments
Against oppression, racism,
Senseless murder
Calling us to stand up and fight
For freedom
“Why we had Martin Luther King”
…we say
“Now he was a good leader for our people”
…we say
“He left such a legacy of pride”
…we canonize
…I saw past you and bowed down to
the King in your shadow
turned away from Queen’s shine on your face
to get a glimpse of the human life
assassinated before my birth
and it is only now, like with him
that I am curious about a
lifetime of expectations
balanced against separate desires of your own
legacy’s fulfilled
in your own expressions
of healing…of art…all done

without the physical presence of your father

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The following comments are for "Yolanda King"
by innarae

such a searching
thoughtful, and ultimately resonant poem. the last line rends the heart "without the physical presence of your father", because he belonged to everyone, because, perhaps he was spread too thin, there is a selflessness and sacrifice about that, about the child- and later the woman- in the poem, and a deep sadness too. has insight and empathy, this, consciousness and compassion. I'd expect no less from you.

( Posted by: AuldMiseryGuts [Member] On: June 23, 2007 )


i can always count on your reflections to generate more of what i love to do with poetry.

( Posted by: innarae [Member] On: June 25, 2007 )

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