Monday, January 18, 2016

Courage, Honoring Martin Luther King

"If a man hasn't found something he will die for, he isn't fit to live." -Martin Luther King
      I disagree with this quote, because it sets the bar beyond the stars. This gal's simply looking for a guy who isn't a dufus or dweeb, dead or married. But the quote reveals why Martin Luther King was among the greatest of the greats of all time. He refused to stop forcing what's right, whatever the cost. 
    That said, I'm reposting Courage. 
    I hope you have an appreciative day and week, my dear sillies.
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Courage 

                                           Extending the dance, 
When you’ve long lost your groove
Swimming to shore too frail to move.

Stepping towards light, when darkness abounds
Permitting a laugh amid no other sounds.

Confronting a beast no one should endure
It strikes with no warning, no reprieve and no cure.
 
Snuggling with hope, when the pain you can’t bare
Unveiling your heart in the face of despair.

Conveying a smile, when you’d much rather cry
Speaking the truth though it’s safer to lie.

Taking a stance, when integrity’s lost
Forcing what’s right in spite of the cost.
 

Holding to faith in your value and worth
Maintaining a grace that softens the earth.
 

Passing with ease
As you air your last breath

A hero whose soul
Transcends life
and death.

-Robyn Alana Engel

46 comments:

  1. That is a powerful poem, Robyn. I think you captured what King said in the quote above. We should all live by the words you wrote.
    And there is one thing I would die for, I just pray it never comes to that. (Actually two, if you count protecting my wife.)

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    1. You're an exceptional person too, Alex.
      When I think about, I would die for others. I just don't hold that mentality as a personal philosophy or motivation. I'm not heroic in that way. And yes, let's hope it never comes to that.

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  2. Such an inspiration for his courage. Thanks for sharing the poem.

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    1. And so much more. You're welcome and thank you, Linda Kay.

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  3. Freaking amazing poem. You are a master with creative writing. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. As a married dufus and dweeb who is pretty sure he is not dead yet, I appreciate your take on courage. I remember the song Abraham, Martin, and John and my memories of their great lives and too soon deaths like it was yesterday. Thanks for the reminder of what the day is about.

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    1. I don't know the song, Jono. I'd like to hear it.

      Thank you.

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  5. What a beautiful tribute. I think we all should take a moment today to pause and honor what a difference he made in our society.

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    1. Yes. I hope everyone has or does at some point(s) this week. Thank you, Stephanie.

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  6. What a good man. I wish we had many more like him.

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  7. very powerful poem. If we could all take his words to heart, if we could all appreciate poems (like yours) that follow, maybe some day the dream and courage can prevail. Take care my friend and have a good week

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  8. I would like to add to your beginning, "...and he did it in such a way that no one was offended, and no one was left out." There will never be another.

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    1. Excellent addition, CW. I agree. It's a special combo of charisma and integrity that goes beyond description into pure heroism.

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  9. Love your poem.
    Sadly too many people are much better at sending other people to die for them than they are at putting themselves in harm's way.

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    1. Yes, they are - as if it's nothing. Inconceivable, isn't it?

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  10. Courage is doing what others won't. A beautiful poem, Robyn.

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  11. Every word is wise indeed. Not sure I want to die for anything though at my feed.

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  12. This poem is not only beautiful but deeply moving and so very wise. I have never been face to face with having to take a stand on something that I know to be right but could mean my life. He did. Raoul Wallenberg did. My mom did. I hope I never have to but maybe that is what is needed so others can see the injustice.

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    1. I'm thrilled for you that you have your mom as a heroine, Birgit. Clearly, you have her fight and heart.

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  13. There are some great couplets in that poem, Robyn. The "Stepping towards the light" one is my favourite. You definitely deserve a man who isn't a dufus or a dweeb!

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    1. Thank you, GB. And one who's not married or dead would be nice too. Actually, I'm best solo. We'll keep it that way for now.

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  14. Some many lines of this poem are replaying in my head. Thanks!

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    1. I'm honored for that, Mitchell. You are most welcome, and thank you kindly.

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  15. Wonderful, moving poem, Robyn. It is also a great tribute to what King represented.

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  16. He was such an amazing man!

    Beautiful poem, Robyn! That is one I could read multiple times and come away each time a better person. Thank you for sharing!

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  17. I really like this poem. As in Really. Like.

    We need someone like MLK to bring people together instead of pushing them apart. We will always be more alike than we are different... simply because we're human beings.

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    1. Yes. I agree wholeheartedly. Thank you, Robin.

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  18. Beautiful poem and a fitting tribute. :-)

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  19. That's absolutely beautiful, Robyn.

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  20. Our armed forces do this every day.

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    1. True. Very true. Yet doing it en masse takes less courage than running solo against the world (seemingly).
      Thank you, Barb and everyone.
      I'll visit you soon - kinda fighting the winter bug.

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  21. Beautiful tribute. Wonderful choice as a poem for MLK!

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  22. Wonderful poem Robyn. A true legend. I dont believe we will see his like again.
    Thanks for sharing
    xo

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  23. Such a beautiful poem, and it's true, that quote really sets the bar high. I mean, I love writing - it's my passion - but I don't think I'd literally die for it. At most, I'd take a pie in the face. Or maybe go without Internet for a month. MLK I am not.

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  24. Beautiful, powerful and moving! Fantastic writing Robyn.

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