No Rest for the Weary



six appointments

with our local

Congressional delegation

to stress the importance

of reading and writing



We traversed

hallways once

walked by abolitionists,

war hawks and pacifists


Those seeking redress

for the government’s wrongs.

Others seeking aid

for disease or famine.


The marble stairs

leading to

those who can help

worn weary.

Their treads


but not broken.


A chance encounter

with John Lewis,

civil rights


still fighting

the good fight.


The promise of

We the People

still burning,

however dimly,

but still burning.

And I thought I was tired.


I’m participating in the Slice of Life challenge. Won’t you join me?

Published in: on March 28, 2014 at 9:51 am  Comments (5)  

5 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. You allowed us to travel those steps with you and to see them in a new light as well. Thank you.

  2. Love it! There’s always a reason to be an advocate… our nation depends on each person speaking up!

  3. You grabbed my interest immediately and kept it throughout the poem. Now I want to know more about your journey and trip!

  4. Hurray for people like you, who don’t simply complain about the laws that are being enacted, but who actually do something about them! And how exciting to meet John Lewis. I read MARCH, his graphic novel, several month ago. Can’t wait for the next two installments!

  5. This is so well written! Descriptive and makes such a clear picture in my mind. I’m so glad I stopped by to read it!

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