Monday, January 16, 2006

Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)

Now that he is safely dead
Let us praise him
build monuments to his glory
sing hosannas to his name.
Dead men make
such convenient heroes: They
cannot rise
to challenge the images
we would fashion from their lives.
And besides,
it is easier to build monuments
than to make a better world.
- Carl Wendell Hines


Chris Capp said...

Wow. Powerful poem. Thanks for that.

I always enjoy your insightful comments on TBWHM, too.

Cheers from LA from a native New Yorker,

The background image on this page is a Hebrew translation of the verse from Bob Dylan's song  It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding), from which the title of this blog is taken. Translation courtesy of Yoram Aharon of Hod-HaSharon's page--found via YudelLine-- which has many Dylan lyrics in Hebrew.