originally published in Brooklynvoice.com
And walls shot up.
Rising out of the ground like tombstones.
Askew, errant, graying, fractured tombstones.
Forgotten markers of long lost lives.
Dividing the living.
Separate and unequal.
One denied protection under the law.
The other acquiescing.
Then he came.
He, with his soft, cherubic face.
Determined sloe eyes.
His lingering, languid, words hung on long after he departed, like some sweet,
In his well-cut suit.
He crossed the bridge, arm and arm with the awakening multitudes.
Young, old, women, men.
They would no longer sit silent.
They followed his rhythmic, constant, poetic voice.
A lullaby of reason. Right. Humanism.
Year after year.
He spoke and the heavens listened.
The heavens listened.
And he was answered.
The nation, the world, turned and saw his vision.
He was ours.
Then his message, his words spoke for him.
And we are his children, his gifts.
Elaine Rosenberg Miller is an attorney living in West Palm Beach, FL. Her work has appeared in many newspapers, journals and on Internet literary magazines, including, The Forward, jewishmag.com and Women In Judaism: A Multidisciplinary Journal (University of Toronto).