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Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.

—Martin Luther King Jr. February 4, 1968


With our eyes on humanity—not the prize—

we may say, the savior is not coming,

truth looks untrue.


And yet there is joy in the waiting

for the redemption that will come

to those who suffer in the service of the Lord.


Coretta Scott King died

on the day of the President’s speech,

and once again the sky looks gray—


like the day the bullet took her

famous husband down—

now with sibling fighting sibling.


When the bomb hit the porch in Montgomery,

Coretta cuddled an infant Yolanda.

And then Martin, whose cause was our own,


came home from the meeting

to calm the crowd with words of peace

that no movement had yet proven.


first published in TimBookTu

from the article "Liberals. Language, and Racism" by Tom Glennon

1) The bandage was wound around the wound.
2) The farm was used to produce produce.
3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
4) We must polish the Polish furniture.
5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.
6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
7) Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was
time to present the present.
8) A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
10) I did not object to the object.
11) The insurance was ruled invalid for the invalid.
12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
13) They were too close to the two doors to close them.
14) The buck does funny things when the does are present.
15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.
16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
18) After a number of injections my jaw got number.
19) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.
20) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
21) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?