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Friday, January 15, 2010

POETRY FRIDAY


STANDING TALL
Jamie McKenzie

Some kings rule their kingdoms sitting down,
Surrounded by luxury, soft cushions and fans
But this king stood strong
stood proud
stood tall…

And when some spit out hate
He stood there smiling
spreading love
Until it rolled like the sea across the land
Sweeping away Jim Crow
Breaking down the walls
Ringing the bell
Joyfully
For freedom.

The rest of the poem is here.

POETRY FRIDAY is at GREAT KIDS BOOKS.

5 comments:

Mary Lee said...

Fabulous poem...powerful images.

Percy Bisque Silley said...

He was a great man.

And modestly, I must add that I too stand tall in staid defense of Poesy of the more Fancy and Literaty variety that Today is has become an endangered Species.

Karen E. said...

Great choice. Thanks.

Susan Taylor Brown said...

Wonderful poem! Thanks for sharing it. I think I'll add this to the ones I share with the kids in my poetry workshop.

Jone said...

Perfect and fitting for the remebrance of MLK Day.