Justice Is a Process (for Brother Martin)

For MLK Day 2013, in honor of a real drum major for peace and justice, we offer something a bit different: a poem. This one’s for Brother Martin…

Justice is a process
It’s not a nonsense syllable
incanted into the wind,
an abracadabra to save us in a flash
of smoke and mirrors,
colorblinded by the light
and self-satisfied
‘Cos the lie they told in ’63
is still alive,
still a lie today
Peace is not a weakness,
an absence
words from the Latin,
It’s a compact, a social contract
with the force of eternal law
No, peace is a strength,
a holding fast in community,
solidarity in an age
of subprime and liquidity
Love is not sentimental
mush, a flaccid, gushing
It is a force more powerful,
a force that binds us together
It is an active verb
like “struggle,”
and like any struggle, beset
by setbacks, riddled with
But guess what?
We’ve gotta love the contradictions,
‘cos we have no other choice,
yes, love is all we’ve got.
MLK Day 2013

Until justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream.


About sdpeacejustice

The SD Peace & Justice Center connects a grassroots network of South Dakotans working for social justice and against violence and oppression.
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