50+ years ago

a bright-eyed wishful young woman

who was denied

who was emotionally scarred

traveled and she stood

not in spirit

but in Grace

and in person

50+ years ago

a hopeful young man

kneeled towards strength

as he watched Dr. King deliver

what he hoped

were more than just a 

soliloquy of grandiose words 

50+ years ago

amongst thousands

stood

your children

my children

“our” children

beaming at the possibility

of being included

in the success of America’s tomorrow

50+ years ago

a man was obedient

to God using him as a vessel

to wake America up

from its slumber of

mistreated humans

misguided principles

missed-opportunities

towards a hopeful greatness

50+ years ago

on a sweltering day

in Washington

heat did not matter

distance did not matter

but dedication did matter

and their dedication 

are the backs on which you and I stand

so …

50+ years later

what are you dedicated to?

does anything in your life

anything?

turn the arc

toward justice

and peace

and fairness

and economic wholeness

for every American

or

do you rob mankind

do you shackle all of us 

and our environment

of what it has the potential to be … by

refusing obedience 

refusing to travel beyond your self

refusing to give beyond good measure

refusing to go the distance

and refusing to stand for what matters most

in person 

and not just in spirit

50+ years later

i ask

what will you dedicate yourself to today?

Written by Angela Riddick, Poetic Mustard Seeds. Revised and copyrighted 2019.

Originally inspired and written in 2013 on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

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