“I have a dream” of a world that is fair -

Well, it’s more than a dream, it’s really a prayer.

     A small seed was set when these words were said -

      But from a small seed grew an oak tree instead.


Segregation by race, was deep in his heart,

Segregation by race keeps nations apart.

    Exclusion, separation, rejection by others -

    Not sharing God’s world as sisters and brothers.


“I have a dream” which led on to a march,

In the hope it would lead to a triumphal arch.

    “I have a dream.”   Oh, I too, have a dream

      Where humans show others respect and esteem.


“I have a dream” where equality reigns;

Where freedom flows freely through everyone’s veins.

   Where exclusion by colour, by class or by creed -

    Is changed by attention to each other’s need.


“I have a dream” - where a slave is no more,

And hope for one’s future can knock on each door.

    Where chains that restrain can be torn into shreds

     And freedom from bondage is granted instead.


“I have a dream” - - - - oh how time has fled -

And the dreamer long since joined the ranks of the dead.

      A shot from a gun - - - - - and was his dream killed,

      Or in the world of today, is it being fulfilled?



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"I have a dream that one day little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls." (Martin Luther King) 


- 16 January  

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By Josie Whitehead

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