Martin Luther King, Jr. – Feeling the Loss

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Sometimes, I wonder. I let my mind go, and just
see what comes up. Some random thought
that engages my brain. It takes off on its journey
to a place or time. Or no place and no time.

Today, I wondered. I let my mind go, and just
saw what came up. Not so random a thought
engaged my brain. It took off on its journey
to a place that could not exist.

To Memphis. The Lorraine Motel, on April 4, 1968
just before James Earl Ray pulled the trigger
and murdered Martin. If the trigger had caught
and the world hadn’t lost Martin Luther King, Jr.?

If the march toward freedom had continued. If he had
led us all higher and higher. If people truly were
judged by the content of their character, and not
by the color of their skin.

Today, I wondered. I let my mind go, and just
saw what came up. Some random thought
that engaged my brain. It took off on its journey
to today.

To an America where Martin Luther King, Jr.
was not granted the chance. To make this country
a better and more fair place. Not only for white people
but for all who live here.

Instead, we are blessed. With yet another
three-day weekend. Another chance to shop
til we drop. To ski, or swim, or hike, to forget
that this is a day to honor a great man.

A man who allowed us to believe that equality
might be possible. Who pulled Black and white
brown and yellow, toward healing. From the sins of slavery
to the journey to true liberty and justice for all.

Today, I weep.

About armsakimbobook

I'm a mother, a lawyer, a feminist, a writer, a potter, and an inveterate and unapologetic New Yorker. My book, Arms Akimbo: A Journey of Healing, tells of my journey of healing over a number of years, learning to live a full life after I was molested by my father at a very young age. I live in Medford, MA, part time with my 11 year-old daughter and full time with our dog, Toast, and our cats, Samson and Hercules.
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