For Social Justice and Action — MLK

if you don’t hold on
you is going to unravel
FAMILY hold on!

Sunday come round
religion lettin ya down?
CHURCH hold on!

young black man
down in da street?
CITY hold on!

social injustice
finger on the trigga
LAW hold on!

people is goin under
sick of da ills
NATION hold on!

God wove you together
to HOLD ON
so HOLD ON!

HELP EACH OTHER — HOLD ON!

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Children in Gaza

Civilization
purposed to be the epitome of civility
fragile like a capitalistic spider web
formed by gluttony
ravenous and never satiated.

Civilization
buttressed by religions morality
bittersweet hypocrisy
when the believer
enters the spider’s web
caught by its caustic illusion.

Civilization
what are you
when no one is civilized?
Sodom and Gomorrah
Ad and Thamud
Ask Pharoah
Ask Herod
Ask those who killed their Prophets

Civilization
you are a dream caught in darkness
the times of destruction
equal a death trap
when the temporal world
becomes your eternity

Civilization
your light is gone
your intellect has dimmed
and wisdom has turned to foolishness
like dumb animals
who don’t know which way to turn
but turn nevertheless
to self-destruct.

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Sheryl Martin

It is suffering that shoots streams of creativity out of my heart, and the brokenness of life that explodes my heart into its soul.