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In Memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the 44th Anniversary of his Assassination

I sit and remember when I first heard the news;
Though eleven thousand miles away I still felt the bruise,
An authentic hero had been shot down in cold blood.
And my mind still reels at the emotional flood.

When I wonder, will we ever see his like again?
He gave us so much; like few who have ever been.
I wrestle with loss; I struggle for breath;
For what was taken from us by the cruel hand of death.

That marauder so smooth; that thief in the night,
Has done it again and flaunted its might.
It is hard to fathom; it is hard to survive;
This man died just when we needed him fully alive.

Tears well up and seek to fall from my eyes;
I must not go down; I must stand; I must rise.
No matter how many times the hateful slay such a good one;
We must not falter or fear; we must carry on bravely until the struggle is done.

The reports and the comments are curiously sparse;
We are so much distracted by political farce.
Let us gather our strength and summon our resolve.
Not to mourn what we have lost, but ourselves to absolve.

Let us fight in the memory of this fallen hero;
One whose name will ring out wherever it needs to do so,
Let us not forget what he gave to us all;
From the day he died until now the struggle goes on though he had to fall.

Let us comfort the families of those still needing our aid;
And a world and a nation still needing to push on unafraid,
Though the bugles fall silent, yet the battle goes on
We owe it to him to do what needs done.

Let us vow to continue the struggle for truth;
Let us hold firm to the path we began in our youth.
Though different the times are as two eras could be;
They each still call for the best from you and from me.

His example is immortal and he stands with us still
He has shown us the way; he has roused our goodwill.
Never forget, though now he reposes in the true endless sleep;
We’ll be judged in the end by the faith that we keep!

© 2012, Larry Conley. All rights reserved.

Larry Conley (36 Posts)

I am a veteran of the U. S. Army. My good fortune is to be married to a wonderful woman and have two remarkable twin sons who are making their way in the world. I taught civics in a Pittsburgh area middle school. I am a cat and dog lover.


2 Comments

  1. “Tears well up and seek to fall from my eyes;
    I must not go down; I must stand; I must rise.
    No matter how many times the hateful slay such a good one;
    We must not falter or fear; we must carry on bravely until the struggle is done.”

    Larry, these are such beautiful words and so indicative of your ever-present drive to have us be the better angels for all. We will indeed be judged in the end “by the faith that we keep.”

    Stellar!

  2. Larry Conley (Author)

    Cher,

    When I think back to 1968, I am drowned in longing for what might have and should have been.

    I was in combat 11,000 miles away and the country I thought I was defending was executing the leaders who could take us to the future.

    It took me some time to get over the loss of Martin and then, Bobby.

    Each year, I try to commemorate their passing. This gave me a chance to do so publicly.

    When I became a father, I resolved to carry on the struggle for the sake of my sons and these fallen heroes.

    Thanks as ever for your comments.

    Larry

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