Today feels like hell,
everybody smiling and
trying not to think

the holiday is
MLK’s birthday, you know
the name of the street.

As a child I learned
King was a communist but
now his name sells things.

Our evil not his
is what preoccupied me
today, then you came

to mind, and his love
for truth and freedom became
more real in your light.

Author: Tom D'Evelyn

Tom D'Evelyn is a private editor and writing tutor in Cranston RI and, thanks to the web, across the US and in the UK. He can be reached at D'Evelyn has a PhD in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley. Before retiring he held positions at The Christian Science Monitor, Harvard University Press, Boston University and Brown University. He ran a literary agency for ten years, publishing books by Leonard Nathan and Arthur Quinn, among others. Before moving to Portland OR he was managing editor at Single Island Press, Portsmouth NH. He blogs at and other sites.

One thought on “MLK”

  1. Once again, a very lovely poem, Tom.
    I love being ale to read your eloquent thoughts about your beloved Toby.
    Love, xoxo, jenifer


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