In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King day, and to celebrate the inauguration of our next president, Barack Obama, I offer up a poem by Langston Hughes:
DemonstrationRead more of Langston Hughes' poetry in The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes [811 HUG].
Did you ever walk into a firehose
With the water turned up full blast?
Did you ever walk toward police guns
When each step might be your last?
Did you ever stand up in the face of snarling dogs
And not move as the dogs came?
Did you ever feel the tear gas burn
Your day, your night, your dawn?
When the water's a rainsbow hue,
When the guns are no longer aimed at you,
When the cops forget their jails,
When the police dogs wag their tails,
When the tear-gas canisters are dry,
When you own the star in the sky,
When the atom bomb is yours--
When you have the keys to all doors--
Will you ever forget your dawn?