(dedicated to the living spirit of Nelson Mandela)
By Michael F. Hopkins
Uplifting struggle is the measure
of how we build our lives. Solitary
steps dare the future of pathways.
Strangers cease to exist
in the face of one another.
Neighborhoods thrive without fear.
Nations work together to
shape a brighter world.
Odds don’t matter. When the choice
is between greed and virtue, the way
must be borne from Truth
The pressure often builds. Its
impact can inflict. Jaundiced
Wanton malice kills.
Compassion won’t be stopped. No twisted
law, no blinding custom, no vested interest,
no violence. No hate
can thwart the need for Freedom,
and the insistence of Justice
to be all that we should,
and never what one settles for.
MICHAEL F. HOPKINS is a Buffalo-based poet, educator, jazz critic and social commentator who has been active in the arts community for over three decades. He is the author of “A Kind Of Twilight” (Smiling Cat Publications) and writes and edits the ongoing critical forum “A Deeper Groove.”