KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE PRIZE

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KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE PRIZE

(For John Lewis 1940-2020)

 

When Dr King led the March on Washington in 1963

You were the youngest leader to address the crowd

And you died the last remaining speaker,

Eighty years old with strength and individuality

Acquired slowly and painfully;

The still visible baton scars

From freedom bus rides

And other peaceful protests

Prove it.

 

When Obama became president

You said the struggle was not over,

This was only a down-payment,

There were still too many suffering,

How right you were,

How wise you were

Never to give up and never

To descend in desperation

Into the abyss of violence.

 

‘Keep your eyes on the prize’

I heard you say

‘Keep your eyes on the prize’.

 

David Subacchi

2020.

american history xpoetry

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Comments

Kevin T.S. Tan

Thu 17th Sep 2020 19:38

the hope in this poem made my eyes well up and my cynical heart skipped a beat. 'Never let your heart grow cold' is what comes to mind. Thank you

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Vautaw

Thu 17th Sep 2020 13:24

What beautiful honor you pay to John in this poem David. Thank you for sharing it with us and reminding us of the sacrifice civil warriors make to unite us in peace and love. ❤️

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David Subacchi

Thu 17th Sep 2020 11:48

You can find more of my poetry on this site and also simply by searching on line for DAVID SUBACCHI.

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