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The Ticking Soul (dedicated to MLK)

Updated on June 18, 2013

If one honest man is not free
Then no man is free
If a man is treated as less than a man
Will you hear his plea?

When your eyes avert from discomfort
And your mind seeks only pleasure
Those impoverished of their rights
Swallow your care in small measure

Do we all share the same dream?
Or is independence reserved for the few?
Do you think all is well and change is permanent
Or do you understand how this may not be true?
For the law is not the heart of a man
And the more we make the more we need
For the intent of the written word
Seems to die the moment we plant the seed

What happens in our lifetime
Is dust settling all around
It may be time is all we have
Our souls tick without making a sound

They still march holding pictures of the past
For they are comforted by the suffering of their own kind
What you cannot understand or comprehend is their legacy
And how the death of a brother burned deeply into their mind
The blood that is thick slows acceptance of our love
Though it is written that we will protect the weak
But what one man believes another may well reject
And the dreams of some are not how others may speak

Fear not the needs of others
Fear not those who cry
In the night where there are no answers
Only the ticking soul knows why


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      The Suburban Poet 4 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Hi Nellieanna! Thank you. It's still important and unfortunately it will continue to be an issue...

      @Nan - Thank you!

      To you both (this is something I wrote on my Facebook page):

      I'm very inspired by MLK and Gandhi. They are larger than life and I've written about both of them before. I think civil rights is a huge issue and we are all so divided by color; but possibly more than that it is culture which divides us. While cultural differences does not sound as sinister as racism it is the same in the sense of keeping us apart. I ask, where is the American culture? Maybe we don't need one. But it seems we need something in common so that we can appreciate the differences and come together as John Lennon sang about. Maybe the American culture is about being different and if we can accept that and stop trying to melt everybody together then we can bring peace to our lives. Naive? Yeah... but that's what dreams are sometimes...

      Unfortunately it seems we all need to have a sense of belonging to something. Even though there is supposed to be a God that loves us it is not enough. Or so it would seem because it is very difficult to walk alone with that love from the unseen being. So we find our place with others of like mind or color. It is unfortunate that we cannot walk alone but maybe we just aren't designed that way. And by walking alone I don't mean shunning others; I just mean shunning a stereotype or being expected to act a certain way. We should be able to enjoy all cultures and not measure them against one another; it's like art.... to me it's not a contest though we all know when we see great art versus all the rest. But should we not express ourselves if we aren't the best or a genius? I say no... you still can achieve things and make people see the good and greatness within your own soul.

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      Nan Mynatt 4 years ago

      Beautilful poem and at the right time for MLK's birthday. I wish the world would be nonviolent and we would stop the wars with other countries. Martin Luther King,Jr. was one of a kind. I stayed in Atlanta for three years and you could see that his peace loving did help the southerners. Keep up the writing, I marked you up!

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Important message - well said, Mark. Thanks.