Here’s a poem by J. Patrick Lewis from the collection Voices from the March on Washington (Wordsong, 2014), which publishes TODAY! The collection contains poems by both Lewis and George Ella Lyon, and it’s a gripping, complex collection that puts you in the minds of numerous different characters/people at the time of the March. Lewis and Lyon show us not only the March, but people’s lives, in beautiful, multi-faceted detail. It features poems of various forms and moods, from numerous points of view. I shared one poem at the TeachingAuthors blog over the summer, and here’s another–enjoy its “wonder-thunder sound”! Happy Book Birthday, Voices from the March on Washington!
A. Philip Randolph
The gentleman loves the Marchers,
The Marchers love the street
Where heads and hands in heartland
Are meant to follow feet.
The gentleman loves the preacher
Whose wonder-thunder sound
Reverberates on hallowed
And on unhallowed ground.
The people love the gentleman
Whose presences parts the sea
Where white and rugged breakers
–J. Patrick Lewis, all rights reserved