Coffee, Cream, Poetry & Martin Luther King, Jr.

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coffee, cream, poetry & MLK poem on the green divasMy mind is occupied with thoughts of peaceful warriors like Martin Luther King, Jr., on a morning that is meant to honor him.

Could he have imagined that his words would become even more relevant as we watch a season of hope give way to a white house administration and president who overtly support, promote and espouse racism and many variant forms of bigotry? Creating a culture that seems to invite and permit more violence and negativity towards anyone considered “other.”

There are a thousand meaningful quotes by him rolling and scrolling through all my social media channels. But I stopped scrolling when I saw the lead to this poem written by a very dear and extremely talented friend Kerri McCaffrey, whose poetry always zaps me like an arrow straight into my third eye with a magical bend down into my heart. How does she do that!?!

This is a poem from her book, In the Valley of Glow Trees, which I HIGHLY recommend. If you love nature and wildlife and a sparkling description of the heart, you’ll want this book handy . . .  

The vase was cobaltflowers for MLK
and the flower, yellow
sunlight streaming explosions
on iridescent things–
a butterfly crafted
of peacock wings.
And love is light
and light is fair
so I have been crossing
ruby bridges
Rosa Parks
and Martin Luther King, Jr.
did they sit in their kitchens
clay cup of bitterness

turned to coffee light and sweet
trying to stomach despair?
Federal Marshals, high pressure hoses, shots firedempty coffee mug for MLK
from grassy knolls.
Or did they sit quietly
and linger
a tad longer
in the filtered light
the glitter dust
whispering, “deliver us”
from evil
as they sunk daffodils in blue vases
went out and placed themselves in harm’s way
tamped with equality
willing to be exploded—
scintillant slivers and silver shrapnel—?


© Kerri Nicole McCaffrey 2013

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Green Diva Meg'

(aka Megan McWilliams Bouchard) is the founder of The Green Divas and GDGD Radio Network (the first green and healthy living radio network on earth for the earth). She's the producer and host of the popular Green Divas Radio Show, one of the first radio shows dedicated to sharing low-stress ways to live a deeper shade of green. Green Diva Meg is a well-known green living expert and media personality.

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    Haralee January 16, 2017 at 1:25 pm -  Reply

    That is wonderful poetry! Thanks for sharing on this day and this week.

    Beth Havey January 16, 2017 at 4:11 pm -  Reply

    I needed your thoughts and these lovely words today. Thanks so much, Beth

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