Martin Luther King Day…
Causes the world to pause, albeit it
For a moment, to recall the sordid horror of
The atrocities that were unconscionably and
Violently perpetuated against a segment
Of humanity, just because they were endowed
With a darker hue by the Creator of the entire universe.
Further, the observance of the day, yet brings to mind
Those other fallen heroes, along the arduous cause towards
Justice and dignity for all, and their individual and
Collective sacrifice on the blood-stained altar for equality.
Alas, the unvarnished realization is that the quest, still incomplete,
Must again, be fiercely populated with sustained courage
To confront the disdainful scourge of discrimination
Wherever it seeks refuge or finds habitation, to expose it
For unequivocal condemnation and ultimate eradication.
Therefore, arise citizens of the world and in diligent measure
Commit to and embrace the legacy and essence of the holiday.