Dream Interrupted by #TristaDaniell #Poetry 

Dear Dr. King,

We are sorry.

THIS

was NOT 

the dream. 
We are conquered 

by the evils

of hate

bound with cords of

offense
We have failed at love

because we refuse to acknowledge 

love includes 

ALL.
We are 

masters 

of hate
Men no longer see 

men

We see 

enemies

We see 

threats

We see 

someone to 

conquer.
BUT,

worry not

we shall

NOT 

stop.
We shall overcome.

We shall continue the work

of men

like you,

like Medgar [Evers],

like Malcolm [X]

like John [Lewis] who STILL fights.
Ahhhh….

We shall stand in the promise land.
We might get there broken

We might be bruised

We might even be bloodied 

Some, unto death!

But,

we will not back down!

We will not cease the fight! 

We SHALL conquer our freedom!

And stand,

unflinchingly

in – and against – the face of evil 
We shall roar 

from the depths of our souls…

with the cries of our ancestors…

and the force of The One Who Knows All.
We Shall Be 

Vindicated

by the hand of the Almighty!

and the blood of the faithful.
WE SHALL BE FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Me.

My children.

My grand babies.

Their children.
And we shall never stop!

Though they beat us

Though they maim us

Though they 

unjustifiably! 

shoot us down

lock us up and [attempt] 

to degrade us 

away.
We

Shall

Be

Free!
And 

the hands of my children’s, children

WILL

carry you home. 

Your spirit

shall rest with us

when 

ALL

is right 

in the land. 
But,

until then…

We are sorry.

Because we KNOW

This was 

NOT

the dream. 

-Trista Daniell 

1.15.17

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