Terence George Craddock (afterglows echoes of starlight)


An Advocate For Social Economic Justice In America: Gunned Down - Poem by Terence George Craddock (afterglows echoes of starlight)

I agree
with an opinion
a great hope

for social
economic
justice

in America
was gunned down
with assassination

political
of Martin Luther
King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr.
who opposed war
in Viet Nam stating

'the promises
of the great society
have been shot down

on the battlefields of Viet Nam'

meaning planned
profit corporate pursuit
of a vast widened

war in Viet Nam had
'narrowed domestic
welfare programs,

making the poor, white
and Negro, bear the heaviest
burdens both at the front

and at home...'

Terence George Craddock believes
'If the promise
of social

and economic
justice
is to be attained

in America,
the time to struggle
and fight for social

and economic justice
is now, always now, not
delaying

for a more opportune
time and a more couragious
future genereation.

The promise lives
on, in all of us
who are prepared

to stand
up against those
who stole justice,

deliberately
without mercy
or the slightest

trace
of scrupples
in the first place.

Justice is only
as strong and as secure,
as each generation

prepared
to honour and fight
to uphold

and preserve justice.
We stand to be tested
in the crucible of integrity

now, always now.'


Copyright © Terence George Craddock

Topic(s) of this poem: equality, justice


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Written in June 2015 on the 11.6.2015.
Complete version of the split image 'American Promise Of Social And Economic Justice' by Terence George Craddock.
Inspired by the ideals of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dedicated to Martin Luther King, Jr.
Quoted extracts were from the Martin Luther King Jr. Speech: 'The Casualties of War in Vietnam' 25 February 1967, in Los Angeles, California.

Comments about An Advocate For Social Economic Justice In America: Gunned Down by Terence George Craddock (afterglows echoes of starlight)

  • Simone Inez Harriman (12/1/2015 3:40:00 AM)


    Powerful meaningful message. Something really needs to be done somehow. I wonder though if we've missed the boat. We are currently in the iron grip of industrial imperialism and a bleak future of climatic changes and wars for resources ahead of us........10 (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, November 29, 2015



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