Suitable for a King

[dedicated to everyone who believes in the dream]

Coretta,
@ first you were
a veiled widow;
Black upon Black
when first
my child’s eyes
noticed you
http://www.cdcan.us/cdcan_reports/2008/13_25_king_scott_coretta_funeral2.jpg
...

Then, as I became
a woman
I saw some of me
in you — each inheritors
of his Kingdom.

What in God’s name
Was your husband thinking?
Talking theology
Systematically
Amongst sons of liberty
And daughters of revolution
while Cambridge
politely breathed
its sighs
of
privilege
relieved
you weren’t dumping tea
in Boston harbor

Did they ever imagine
You’d walk
upon the Charles?
http://www.bu.edu/mlkjr/news/

I wish I had a river
That I could row away on
Now that CNN
Interrupts my REM

Today
Is a double-bill
A new kind of currency

In God We Trust
emblazoned with the Caribbean sun
the poorest nation
in the Americas
Cracked into pieces
like a bowl of nigger toes
http://urbansemiotic.com/2007/10/09/hand-me-that-bowl-of-nigger-toes/

Turn it over.
will Geithner
gain
A percentage point,
an up tick
when
his John Hancock
begins flying off the presses?
http://www.moneyfactory.gov/
http://www.ustreas.gov/organization/bios/geithner-e.shtml
http://wheresthechange.blogspot.com/2009/02/civil-disobedience.html

Bring on the Red Stripe
http://www.redstripebeer.com/custom_signs.php
http://www.meas.ie/page.php?intPageID=118
let’s Skip along
carefree
like a white girl
in Birmingham
or Biloxi
or Charlestown
http://www.4littlegirls.com/boston.htm

But be careful
Not to whistle
That sort of air play
will cost you
Fingers.
Toes.
Gone for good

Those digits
Add up
In the rubble.

We must begin
our sojourn
your legacy suggests;
Leaning on
Doctors
Without Borders
http://www.livinginemergency.com/

Meanwhile,
grieving Park Slope pseudo-moms
push strollers,
past Brooklyn
Brownstones
Worry —
families pressed
beneath chunks
of concrete
slabs of metal
shards of glass
While we pay cash [health care not included]
So as not to leave a trail

If the IRS ever decides
to sniff around
(pulls a Zoe Baird)
http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1282/is_n3_v45/ai_13599262/
We’re prepared
To re-assign those
bureaucrats

Mission:
Search & Rescue
Port Au Prince.

Dog-day afternoon

Post 9-11
We go on the hunt
Strange fruit
http://www.discoverlynchburg.org/135_attractions_anne-spencer-house-and-garden

Saddam swings
Butcher
of Baghdad?
Osama
rhymes
with Obama

We are now
Afghanistan’s hope
The Russians
must think
we
harvested
a fertile valley
of poppies
defying
Nancy Reagan’s
Suggestion:
“Just Say No.”
http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2009/05/07/couricandco/entry4999323.shtml
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/feb/18/lessons-from-soviets-in-afghanistan/


Where is Billie?
On Holiday?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4ZyuULy9zs

Can she see Alaska
from the all-inclusive
opportunities
in the Dominican Republic
skin
glistening.

Such a beauty
Yet so heavy
in her silence.

Have we forgotten Humpty Dumpty?
Read it to me again Daddy
Before you’re re-deployed

So long I have loved your voice:
http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkihaveadream.htm

May his
memory
be for blessing
http://survivorthriver.blogspot.com/2003/10/may-his-memory-be-blessing.html

May honor
seize him
by any means necessary.

Believe.

© 2010 Julie Holley