I am...

by Lady Nik   Feb 6, 2010

I am the dream Martin Luther King Jr. spoke of
the equality, the freedom, the hope.
I see no difference in the people I love.
Color remains a word for separation
and does not define my heart.
His march was my march
and I am free now.

I am the road that Harriet Tubman walked on
the sores on her feet and welts
on her back, are the bad names
and glares I've received. Her determination
made it possible for me to stand
here today and call this place
home. Her war was my win
and I am free now.

I am the words of Malcolm X.
the anger, the strength, the wisdom.
I know that my people are
just that PEOPLE. The color
we wear or the language we speak
makes us no less than any other.
His thoughts are my actions
and I am free now.

I am the stubborness of Rosa Parks.
I will not be moved or swayed
for her heart was right and the
law was wrong. Her persistence
made today possible. The courage
to fight without fists has made
today a brighter day.
Her pain is my joy
and I am free now.

I am the river Langston Hughes wrote of...
the music of Billie Holiday, the inventions of
Eli Whitney, the home runs of Hank Aaron.
I am the past
I am the present
and because of my ancestors
I am the future.

*This was for a contest at my school for Black History Month. The theme was " A mirror from the past reflecting into the furture".
Thanks for reading :) *


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  • 1 month ago


    Liked it, we all have souls and spirits with no color! I remember growing up as a young boy, being troubled when I heard derogatory remarks from a parent regarding someone's race or religious beliefs. Thank God that they never stuck, I believe that there is good, and, bad in all races. We never taught our kids to hate or discriminate, never regretted that. Love your determination for what is right!

  • 7 years ago

    by rayre words

    I won't attempt to elaborate on all the previous comments relating to this creation. Why? Because its depth of heart is pretty much beyond words.
    I realise you did this one ages ago, but don't ever lose whatever was in you at this time!

  • 7 years ago

    by mira

    Very strong and powerful
    i love its it'sso true and you know how to describe your thoughts you pic the right words in the right place w
    wel done

  • 7 years ago

    by Blizzard

    I gave you 5 stars, while reading the beginning!
    I wish there was 100 to Vote this poetry! :)
    Well don!

  • 7 years ago

    by Spirit

    I love the heart and soal that you put in this poem. It really makes the reader think. Only good poets can do that, and trust me you're a good poet. Be proud of that fact.
    Thank you for joining my contest, and I'm sorry I took so long to get back.
    P.S. Thanks for the read.

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