My poem, “A Man’s Worth” is quoted in the following article about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“A MAN’S WORTH”
January 15, 1929 was the birth date
Of the man who was called to combat hate
The man who wanted freedom to ring
The man of peace, Dr. Martin Luther King
He was a minister with a voice that resonated in your soul
A freedom fighter who only lived to be 39 years old
As you speak or hear others call his name
As you remember his voice or the public’s acclaim
As you consider Dr. King’s legacy and his worth
There are countless reasons to celebrate his birth
Yet, there are some questions that can be asked
About how he completed his life’s task
Did he help somebody along life’s way?
Did he call on God? Did he faithfully pray?
Did he preach about love, freedom, justice and peace?
Has the need for his preaching— ceased?
Did he speak and work to serve his people and his nation?
Did his teachings strengthen the world’s foundation?
Were there enemies who hated him? Was he reviled?
Did hatred stop him from walking his mile?
Did he write a “Letter from a Birmingham Jail?”
Did he ask others to pray for him so he wouldn’t fail?
Do you remember the dream he openly shared?
Do you recall his love for his people and that he really cared?
Who joined him in his fight against poverty and discrimination?
Did you help him, without reservation?
In 1968, too soon, did violence take him away?
Does his legacy continue to have something to say?
When you hear the name, Martin Luther King, Jr.
Do you balance his burdens with his sense of humor?
Do you remember his laugh or his bright smile?
Could you walk in his shoes for half a mile?
Do you recall the man, the brother, the father, the husband or the son?
Do you remember this country before his work was begun?
Was there a Nobel Prize for this noble man?
A man of vision who had the courage to stand
To stand for peace, for justice, for freedom, for love
To stand ready to meet his Creator, God above
During Reverend King’s short time on this earth
Is the world better because of his birth?
These are some questions you might ask
About the man in whose legacy we now bask
Yet, there is no question about Dr. King’s value or his worth
There is no question about why this nation celebrates his birth
He came and left this nation, this world, profoundly changed
For his work, a National Memorial bears his name
The Memorial honors Dr. King’s visionary plan
A plan for justice, love, peace and freedom for every man
So put your hands together and boldly stand
Stand and applaud the life of this extraordinary man
Stand and commit to doing the work that remains to be done
The work needed to heal this nation and its people, one by one
Stand and truly honor this honorable man
Am I doing the very best I can
To preserve his vision and fulfill his plan?
CeLillianne Green Copyright © 2011