To Be A Voice – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

RDP Monday – Rouse


Photo:  MLK 1963, Washington march for Civil Rights.


“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”  Martin Luther King Jr.


To Be A Voice

As a child I heard your words
and did not know them,
later I could feel them,
roused as
one feels anything so powerful,
they pulsed,
lighting my fire
driving me on,
leaving no escape
nor hiding place,
other than to be a voice
in the same wilderness.

©Paul Vincent Cannon



Filed under community, Economics, Free Verse, life, poem, politics

26 responses to “To Be A Voice – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. An excellent man. My granddaughter has his words tattooed on her arm.

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  2. I have encountered many children who want to be just like MLK. Your share is a continual empowerment for goodness and leadership.💦🦈

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  3. Adding this to the reference index at the Foundation for Poetic Justice

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  4. His words roused me even as a child, a true hero in every way!

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  5. Some people chose to be a voice for the wrong things. They are louder than King.

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  6. My dad heard that same voice, and for him it never dimmed. I remember when he went to the March on Washington, and I’ve recently found newspaper interviews with him about his experience as one of the Freedom Riders. He so admired Dr. King.

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  7. lync56

    Wow another wonderful poem of an insight to the passion that drives – and a reflection to another one calling in the desert


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