Selma: The Bridge to Heaven

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"Justice runs down like water, and righteousness like a mighty stream"

Brothers and sisters
Arm in arm
In grace
With faith
And agape love
Marched towards hate
And the steel of repression

No door to heaven is easily opened
Sometimes the only choice is to die
Not quickly
But slowly and painfully

The arc of justice bends under the weight of human sacrifice

They thought
"This is it for me"
Yes this was it
But it was time
Time for the signs to come down
The signs that said

"You here"

"You there"

"Not for you"

"Sit in the back"

Separate but equal
A lie of monstrous proportion
There is no equality
When all is not shared
There is no equality
When a night stick crushes inalienable rights
There is no equality
When a child is called a nigger
There is no equality
When the love of Jesus
Is not enough for some people
When the love of Jesus
Is not enough for some hearts
When the love of Jesus
Is not enough for grace on earth


Let me take a moment


To cry


To feel the shame


Let us take a moment


And understand why some among us remember Selma
A memory of pride and pain
A memory of the willingness to die
For what is right
To give up their life
To give up their complaints
To give up their selfishness
To give up what we take for granted
So that they might die
For someone else
Because it was time

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pedrn44 4 years ago from New Berlin Wisconsin

This is very powerful. Voted up.


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time2rite 4 years ago from Navarre, Fl, USA

Powerful, evocative tribute to an ugly time in American history, Suburban Poet. Truly a deeply emotional and moving piece. Voted "Up" and "Awesome".


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Berga 4 years ago from SKIEN

inspired by the Holy Spirit in honor to Jesus Christ and his children... thank you brother! "There is no equality

When the love of Jesus

Is not enough for some people

When the love of Jesus

Is not enough for some hearts

When the love of Jesus

Is not enough for grace on earth"....


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The Suburban Poet 4 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank all of you for commenting. I saw a show about MLK the other night and I was moved to write this. It is sickening to see what they had to go through just to be treated like a human being.


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

I'm not familiar with Selma...but this is a great hub...i likened it to the Death March during WWII...does it have similarities?


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The Suburban Poet 4 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Hi raciniwa. Here is as link that explains it much better than I could:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selma_to_Montgomery_m...

The difference between the Death March and the Selma march is that the march in Alabama was an elective protest march; but at the same time they had no choice. They had been abused for so long that they had to do something. They knew they would be attacked and possbily killed but they went anyway. It took a supreme amount of courage to do this.

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