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  American Widow: Song for Coretta Scott King
by Aberjhani
Tuesday, January 31, 2006
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Presented in salute to one more warrior (April 27, 1927-January 31, 2006) gone to rest.

This title is from Visions of a Skylark Dressed in Black

Martin you could not of course

but you should have

seen it, the wind turned to

frozen thorns when your coffin

kissed the earth, they drilled

leprous holes in my arms

and the children all said

Mama please don’t Mama please—

but Friend where are you

I done searched the bellies

of stars and storms for your

miraculous voice I done walked seas

and seas of crippled night to hear

the songs of your touch and... 


Friend of Mine when the dirt covered

your coffin crowds fainted

in the streets and up on hills

of their souls our children sang

“I’m goin’ up yonder, I’m

goin’ up yonder to be with

my Lord, ” but not without me

I’d always thought. Oh my Soul,

why you wanna go so far without me

but the most wondrous

thing, the kind of wondrous thing

that amazed you most, was

the sun gushing blood all over

my bereaved life while the preacher

said such nice true things about

you he must’a thought

he’d made them up, I recalled

as he spoke the early days

when we burned like two summers

in the shade of our hearts, I recalled

days of swimming bare-skinned

in the waters of each others’

freedom-hungry minds and even now

a cloud is coming yonder dripping bones

over my bones it is the kind

of wonder that amazed you most

oh dear good Martin, call me to where

you are please I long to show it to you.



© 1/31/2006



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Reviewed by Muhammad Al Mahdi 3/16/2012
A fine tribute of exceptional beauty. Exactly as it should be.
Reviewed by S H (Reader) 6/19/2008
It is a beautiful poem.
Reviewed by Afrika Abney 4/3/2008
What a remarkable and profund tribute. Thanks for sharing such a powerful scripture with us! Happy National Poetry Month!
Reviewed by Leann Marshall 3/28/2008
The starkness, intensity and power of these words give me chills to the bone. I remember where I was when I heard the news of his death.
Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 3/9/2008
Your expressive words are emotional & very powerful I can feel this poetic write abounding the confines of sorrows depths.
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 3/19/2006
Wonderful. I was privileged to hear MLK offer his life for freedom to 5000 on a cold Nebraska New Year's midnight in 1966. Later, I would run into MLK Jr and Daddy King at the Atlanta University bookstore. Although I lived in her neighborhood for three years, I never met Coretta Scott. She was a saint for putting up with his philandering.

Reviewed by . ignis 3/17/2006
These are powerful and moving words. The average man in white societies has no clue whatsoever what ethnic minorities experience in their lives. Today I regret to see the devastating effects of stigmatization of the minorities in 'advanced' societies. The cynical part of that is that it allows the perpetrators of inflicting the separations to deem the victims to be ignorant. But the real ignorance is within their minds and hearts. I pity them for believing that the treacherous earthly courts are ultimately the determinating power in this universe. I know these are dwarfed by the powers of the celestial courts that are totally abhorred by mankind's ignorant conduct. The ones in power now and yesterday will have to account for the criminal ways in which they arranged the structures and mechanisms of this world. Their fate will be as devastating as the agony they have caused throughout the history of mankind. Mr. and Mrs. King must have been aware of this and managing to remain correct and gentle in spite of knowing this until the bitter end is an incredible tour de force in itself.

Reviewed by Regis Auffray 2/10/2006
I will simply echo the sentiments of those who have written before me, Aberjhani. Thank you for sharing this gift. Love and peace,

Reviewed by Tichaona Chinyelu 2/9/2006
It took a couple of readings for me to get that this poem is spoken with Coretta's voice and once I realized that, I liked it even more. It "abstractly" reinforces the bond that existed between her and her husband and their work.
Reviewed by Cynth'ya 2/8/2006
Power in your words remind me of Mother Maya Angelou, only you do it like no one else. Thank you.
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 2/8/2006
Outstanding. This shines like the bright and beautiful star he was, and still is. Just rocked me to my core. Loved every word.

Reviewed by Kate Burnside 2/7/2006
Goodness me - I am silenced... and I thought Diana was powerful!!!! But this Lady, as detailed by your profound and soul-bearing character portrayal, shows me what true royalty status is - that is within the soul of each one of us... if we would but allow for it and honour it. And yet the uniqueness of the passion, not only of purpose, but of an enduring love and devotion shared intimately between just these two make for some stunning lines: "we burned like two summers in the shade of our hearts... swimming bare-skinned in the waters of each other's freedom-hungry minds" Like WOW!! Can feel a poem comin on... Inspirational or what??!! Both you, her and him, but of course. TY BIG time! K xx :))
Reviewed by Only A Poet 2/7/2006
my god, this is true brilliance as though you have exposed her exquisite soul to me. thank you for writing and sharing this incomparable tribute to two true heroes of our times.
Reviewed by Seth Mullins (Reader) 2/6/2006
I've missed the gale wind of inspiration that blows through your poems. Must be daunting to take on such subject matter, but you are one of the few that can do it "justice". I can see the nobility of the human race anew after reading your words.
Reviewed by Joyce Hale 2/4/2006
Words that touch the heart, and rend the soul. Well done, my friend. Peace.
Reviewed by Sherry Heim 2/3/2006
Gripping and so very touching, this is the song of a love that is more than true, it is a soul that is wrapped within another even in the their absence. Truly, one might believe you to be the medium, in this one, _Aberjhani, writing her words to the song she was singing as she was lifted into the freedom that can only be found in God's embrace. This is glorious poetry!!!
Take care,
Reviewed by Mark Rockeymoore 2/2/2006
you put yourself in another place in order to manifest this write, Brotha A., a place somewhere beyond the mundane, where all true feelings must lie. Channeling love has to be an amazing experience....
Reviewed by Sandra Mushi 2/2/2006
Aberjhani, my heart was in my throat as I was reading this! So nostalgic yet so painful - just a rollercoaster of emotions I feel as I read this. Beautiful tribute, Aberjhani!

God bless,

Reviewed by Latorial Faison 2/2/2006
What wonderful way to pay tribute to the Bride and the Bride's Groom of civil rights in America. Your words sing the song of words joined more than grammatically, but spiritually in a way that only Martin and Coretta could ever know. They were so much more than the movement. They were God's light in a world filled with darkness. Awesome tribute, and thank you for reading "celebrate" on my site today.

Latorial Faison, Poet & Author
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Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 2/2/2006

"American Widow: Song for Coretta Scott King" sings with love the sublimity of gratitude.

I salute You, Poet!

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Tyrone Banks 2/2/2006
Ephesians 6, 11-20

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[c] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness,
15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;
18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—
19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel,
20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

These words of GOD were embodied in the immortal Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and his faithful wife Coretta Scott-King.

They stand tall on the Battlefield on which they've won their battles without shedding the blood of their enemies.

The war is now with us - and our children the stay the course and move forward, never allowing the enemy to breach our front line and take back what we've gained.

I apologize for the long response, but your powerful poem has been a source of fuel for the fire of the Holy Spirit that has consumed me.

God bless you Warrior Aberjhani!

Reviewed by Joseph* OneLight*® 2/2/2006
She was a great woman who stood by a man with a great vision. It invites me to sing that song that says "Where have all the flowers gone?" Thank You for honouring her with such a wonderful tribute.

Love & Light,
Reviewed by Peter Paton 2/2/2006
I agree with George below completely !
Your heart has written this sincere and emotional twin tribute to Martin and Coretta, two people whose presence and actions shook the world !
Excellently crafted my friend
Reviewed by L. Figgins 2/2/2006
Reviewed by jude forese 2/1/2006
a song that captures the heart of two souls who have reached into the promised land ...
Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader) 2/1/2006
Wow...this would make a great spiritual.
Well said too.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 2/1/2006
Beautiful tribute !!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Carole Mathys 2/1/2006
A beautiful tribute to a gracious woman.
love and peace...

Reviewed by Emeka Nwogu 2/1/2006
what a song! What a tribute. My eyes are tearful already.

Thanks for this offering. Nice as always.

Reviewed by Mr. Ed 2/1/2006
call me to where
you are

A marvelous tribute, and I'm sure they are together again.
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 2/1/2006
An honourable tribute, to our loss, yet heavens gain..
Reviewed by Betty Torain 1/31/2006
Thanks Dear POET. What a TRIBUTE! Love, Betty Torain.
Reviewed by Erin Kelly-Moen 1/31/2006
I believe, my friend Aberjhani, you and Martin have already spoken... Thank you for the blending of yours and his in this exquisite piece titled 'American Widow: Song for Coretta Scott King'.

Mrs./Ms. Coretta Scott King lives on, as Dr. Martin does, in hearts, souls, words, progressions and freedom from frozen thorns and thoughts gone 'yon'.

Erin Elizabeth Kelly-Moen

Reviewed by Nordette Adams 1/31/2006
Beautiful as always, Aberjhani. ~~Nordette
Reviewed by George Carroll 1/31/2006
He stirred the hearts and dreams of many and as long as his spirit is kept alive freedom still has a chance. Now his beloved wife is at home with him to share the eternity that God has promised and the angelic choirs are singing amazing grace how sweet thou art.
Reviewed by Jane Rodway 1/31/2006
Wow! This is so powerful and courageous to write about someone so intimately, you have done some great work here, as have they, and their daughter who is a leader in the abortion movement "I regret my abortion"- what an amazing family.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 1/31/2006
Not easy to say anything when you are stunned into silence by a tribute such as this. However you know you are unique and your words are in a class by themselves, for which I give thanks that you share them with us. May they be united in joy and made aware of one who would give such precious thoughts to them!

Reviewed by Chrissy McVay 1/31/2006
The most wonderful tribute I've read yet! 'The wind turned to frozen thorns'...beautiful!!!
Reviewed by Dawn Richerson 1/31/2006
Aberjhani, this is absolutely beautiful. what a tribute. I am so very glad I stopped by your den today. I thought earlier today how sad for all of us but how wonderful that the two are together now. thank you so much for giving us this tremendous gift. Dawn
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 1/31/2006
Well, there will be quite a few tributes to her, none will be better than this. I could go on and on, but it would just be ME, and the song speaks for itself. Stunning.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 1/31/2006
*tears* Aberjhani, what a beautiful song--there are tears streaming down my face from the power of these miraculous words - I can just picture Coretta saying this to her husband ... bless you, you've touched me deeply and profoundly today. Thank you, Poet, friend!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

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