Listening to an MLK Speech From the Sixties in my 60’s

Less than a week after Trump’s
shithole comments about El Salvador, Haiti, and Africa
oh you racist insufferable man
from the water closets of vipers
who looks at a piece of land
and sees dollars

our contractor-in-chief
in the Oval Office
a big-time operator
working for the oil, coal, and gas industries
thinking he can talk shit
and get away with it       taking out  a contract
out on all of us.         Resist!

I sit this morning
parked at the 24-Hour Fitness
listening to the King of Love
deliver a speech
three days before he’d received
the Nobel Peace Prize

remembering when I was sixteen
living in the same world as this man
who talked of equality and justice
he touched
my child’s heart with the truth
and it’s here   in this body
our community       giving us breath.

Octopus Salon reading (Pandemonium Press) January 4, 2018

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Lenore's collections include "Tap Dancing on the Silverado Trail" (2011) from Finishing Line Press, “Sh’ma Yis’rael” (2007) from Pudding House Publications, and "Cutting Down the Last Tree on Easter Island" (West End Press, 2012). Her writing has won recognition from Poets&Writers (finalist in California Voices contest) and as a finalist for Pablo Neruda Prize, Nimrod International Journal. The Society for Technical Communication has recognized her work regarding Technical Literacy in the schools. All material is copyrighted on this site and cannot be used without the author's permission.
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