Heart Full of Grace

by Helen Losse

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.

Heart Full of Grace by Helen Losse

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