Martin Luther King Jr. birthday was observed on January 17th of this year. His birthday is Jan 15th. On January 17th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. birthday, I wrote a poem and posted it on Twitter. It is dedicated to the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who sacrificed his life for the things I have learned.
I have learned through the eyes of death that one should appreciate life and all it has to offer.
I have learned to embrace the smallest of the small so I can retain true objectivity.
I have learned to love myself and validate myself. When the storm comes I will not lose hope. I will survive.
I have learned the extensions of one’s life is given purpose through the hinges of another that swings in the balance.
I have learned to stand down in the face of criticism, to honor it, and respect it as a teaching tool.
I have learned to show deference, to cry, to become a better human being instead of bitter.
I have learned to show compassion, empathy, and support, and rethink my thinking before I judge.
I have learned to jump feet first. I was so thankful for having feet.
I have learned to say,”Hello,” and really mean it. It was not superficial.
I have learned even when my hands touched deaths doorway, someone crossed over before me to give me a second chance.
I have learned to lift the spirits of those who could hardly lift their heads and they walked with heavily burdened hearts.
I have learned all across the nation ones achievements can be just as influential in Death as it is in Life.
I have learned even though it was not time for death to call out to me,
I didn’t view the mountaintop and I escaped the Promise Land.
I have learned to take a closer look at the hills and slopes and to better understand.
I have learned all in TIME, Not To Judge A Man.
NLD Mom/cancer survivor