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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Write in the POETRY genre (05/17/07)

TITLE: I'm Not Dreaming Anymore
By Henry Clemmons


I知 not dreaming anymore.

I am a player in Dr. King痴 sequel.
I am a member of God痴 Church.
I am created equal.

I知 not dreaming anymore.

I知 not a token in an organization.
I知 not a statistic to be bussed and moved.
I知 not a minority in a congregation.

I知 not dreaming anymore.

My eyes are blind to all complexions.
I will not judge the color of skin.
I don稚 worry with ramifications.

I知 not dreaming anymore.

I toil with my hands.
I patrol the streets of freedom.
I bleed in foreign lands.

I知 not dreaming anymore.

I知 burning my excuses in a new day痴 fire.
I知 boycotting false role models.
I知 tuning out the stereotypical liar.

I知 not dreaming anymore.

I知 a pulse in the heartbeat of prayer.
I知 a note in the symphony of brotherhood.
I知 a pronoun in God痴 voice declaring I care.

I知 not dreaming anymore.

I知 a part of freedom痴 toll.
I am ringing freedom痴 bell.
I知 wearing freedom痴 clothes.

I知 not dreaming anymore.

I can still feel the crack of a whip and burn of a rope.
I can still feel the sting of a tongue screaming nigger.
Yet, I feel the healing of a sunrise on the strength of a new hope.

I知 not dreaming anymore.

I still hear the shot that silenced a King.
I still hear the prayers of Frederick Douglas.
I still hear Clara Ward sing.

But, I知 not dreaming anymore.

I am free right now.
I am free right now.
Thank God Almighty.
I am free right now.

I知 not dreaming anymore.

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Julie Arduini05/24/07
This is powerful! I loved how the title was woven throughout. You captured the heart of what Dr. King always wanted. Bravo.
Marilyn Schnepp 05/25/07
This reads like a song, based on Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech. Some songs rhyme, others do not - however; this showed the acknowledgement of progress with time. Nicely done, with a good message.
Sharlyn Guthrie05/25/07
I enjoyed this, but would love to hear you, the author speak it! I especially like the stanza that begins, "I am freedom's toll". Nice job.
Verna Cole Mitchell 05/26/07
Excellent, excellent poem throughout. My favorite stanza began "I'm a pulse in the heartbeat of prayer." I love the music of the poem.
Jacquelyn Horne05/26/07
Very revealing poetry. Good job. I could feel the emotion here.
Rhonda Clark05/27/07
This is fantastic. I've been to the spot where King died.

Great and fitting tribute.
Jan Ackerson 05/28/07
Wow! I teach high school, and I would love to include this in my poetry unit. It ties in across the curriculum, and it's powerful on so many levels. Definitely publish-worthy!
Cassie Memmer05/28/07
Beautiful! Thankfully, you're not dreaming any longer! Amen!
Leigh MacKelvey05/29/07
I loved the simplicity of the poem, yet it said powerful words and statements. Great job!
Joanne Sher 05/29/07
Very strong. This has wonderful images and is lovely.
Benjamin Graber05/29/07
I like the ending - the freedom we find in Christ is incredible!
Rita Garcia05/30/07
This is perfect from beginning to end! Powerful writing!
Donna Powers 05/30/07
Thank God that you don't have to dream anymore. I am glad for the strides we've made toward equality, but I pray we continue to move forward. Thanks for sharing this
dub W05/30/07
Simple and powerful at the same time, reminds me of some of the beat poetry of the 60's ... at least in style.
TJ Nickel05/30/07
You'd get my vote for an EC this week. Very well done poem.
Joy Faire Stewart05/30/07
What a fantastic poem. Strength, courage, determination, personal triumphs...all shine through. Love it!