“I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” ---Martin Luther King, Jr. “I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality…” ---Martin Luther King, Jr. In these deceitful days of hate, Where minds are waking up too late, No twisted tongue will ever sing The song of Martin Luther King. His music dwindled, almost died, The day despotic demons lied That characters are judged and weighed Not on their content, but their shade. All traits and fates, they say, begin With skin each person’s born within. All heartfelt thoughts are cast aside; The spirit of each soul’s denied. Now those, once blind to black and white, Are fueled by malice, fired by spite. Divisive ideology Has killed King’s dream of harmony… Or has it? Has it gone for good? Perhaps we could---perhaps we should Stand together, stand as one In brotherhood beneath our sun, And heed the words of this great man— Accept what’s fixed, change what we can. Let’s celebrate the human race With love and joy and care and grace... Let We the People join and sing The song of Martin Luther King! . With thanks to my husband Mike for his inspiration and encouragement. . . Susan Jarvis Bryant is a church secretary and poet whose homeland is Kent, England. She is now an American citizen living on the coastal plains of Texas. Susan has poetry published in the UK webzine, Lighten Up On Line, The Daily Mail, and Openings (anthologies of poems by Open University Poets).