John David Kudrick

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Category: Poetry

In Honor of Dr. King

“Kingdom of Love”

 

In the kingdom of Love

there is no corner for hatred

to hide.

All done in darkness,

for darkness,

now exposed by Light.

 

In the kingdom of Love

there are no walls between

us and them.

We see no Russia, North Korea,

USA, barbarian, Scythian, slave, or free,

because we’re one in Love.

 

In the kingdom of Love

there is no striped, starred, or barred flag

to fly and divide.

Only raised is the white flag

of surrender to the One

who is Love.

 

In the kingdom of Love

there is no sweeping anthem

to separate.

We rather sing soft dirges

for the dying; deep praises

for the One who is Love.

 

In the kingdom of Love

there is no Kim, Putin, Trump,

Kaepernick, Robert E. Lee.

Love calls us precious, chosen,

beloved, and worth

dying for.

 

In the kingdom of Love,

there is red, black, white,

yellow, brown, and mixed.

We see a rainbow skyward

and it says that Love

is for all of us.

 

In the kingdom of love

there are no chains

or classes.

We see only the hearts

of others whom

Love has us serve.

 

In the kingdom of Love

there is no struggling against

flesh and blood.

We see with eyes

the true enemy and know

their schemes.

 

In the kingdom of Love

we are sisters and brothers

of the same blood.

We are the children

of the One

who is Love.

 

 

A true revolution of values will lay hand on the world order and say of war, “This way of settling differences is not just.” This business of burning human beings with napalm, of filling our nation’s homes with orphans and widows, of injecting poisonous drugs of hate into the veins of peoples normally humane, of sending men home from dark and bloody battlefields physically handicapped and psychologically deranged, cannot be reconciled with wisdom, justice, and love. A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

From “Beyond Vietnam” Speech: April 4, 1967

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research & Education Institute

 

Merry Christmas!

“Peacemaker in the Manger”

Not as an invincible, weapon-wielding king,

But as a tiny-boned babe born to die came He.

Empire might made right all around Him,

But the Nazarene’s peace gospel made righteous sinners.

Not warmongering or vengeance for a suffered wrong,

But the Savior showed another way—other-cheek turning.

Sword and shield crushed enemies of Rome,

But by compassion Christ conquered assailants.

Not apathy or hatred toward His persecuting killers,

But only bloody love did thorn-crowned Messiah pour out for them.

Armored mockers drove deep the spikes, raised high the cross,

But naked Jesus gasped final forgiveness as our Prince of Peace.

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”

—Matthew 5:9 (New International Version)

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