"There are no shortcuts" the Crete Carrier truck bumper preaches.
From a long day of the dogged advocates of despair,
Headlines read, "Oklahoma executes first inmmate since botched lethal injection."
The once faithful-
I wonder about that pain in my neck.
Knowing deeply as it cracks,
This pain is the pain of no shortcuts.
This pain is felt only after sunset
Deep in the shoulder
no place to rest the head.
Hallowed by the quiet breaths drawn until daylight
No clouds of reprise
Memory burns away despair
Happy Birthday dear Martin
across the clear winter morning.
Rest in peace Dr. King.