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Jeremy Hogan

For the Reverend King, an ode to Langston Hughes and a poem for the six billion lovers of freedom

Thursday ten-thousand fragments of Martin Luther King will be haunting the streets crying like fallen angels and dancing like skeletons, while court jesters are playing as patriots, then dark knights in black limos will parade past, a hundred thousand pawns will be off to their deaths, steel eagles will be roaring psychadelically across the sky on a bad trip and a lollapallooza of czarism disguised as a democracy will laugh hysterically.

At the end of the day the translucent jack-in-the-box will spring from his throne and declare himself a defender of nations and people that, "love freedom"...but perhaps there is a little demonic computerized robot down there controlling this theatre connected to springs because anyone can see right through to the bottom is this well of truth once drank from that has been polluted by the sad tears of six billion hearts of the Reverend King.

So, where is Reverend King and all his children after his blood ran in Memphis? And just what does happen to all the dreams of the 6 billion souls? And what will happen when these powerful beings do start to love their freedom and demand it and unite to reclaim it? Will they dry up, like a raisin in the sun...or will they fester like sores...and then run...will they stink like rotten meat when their oppressors bomb them...or will they crust and sugar a syrupy sweets...perhaps the weight of all their anger will sag...then they will riseup like a heavy load waiting to crush into submission those that told them they had freedom while holding them in spiritual and physical bondage...and then when each these six billion fragments of Reverend King finally take justice by being themselves...perhaps they will explode like blooming flowers on a sunny spring day...while this jester, in jest, talks about freedom...they will be free like six billion souls of the Reverend King...whose star dust is still among us and rising...finally reclaiming what we were promised and going to the mountain.


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