The shopkeeper’s picture of Martin Luther King, Jr.
in the corner, on the shelf, in front of the seat of honor—
The painted light blue chair with brown edges and creases
a wobbled leg that causes it to tilt when you lean back,
to gaze upon his face.
The new seeds from the blades of grass left in puzzle pieces
holding on to one another after the storm of cleated feet.
Chinese take-out on Friday for two
before the train door closes on the trench coat trailing
behind / small tug / big fright / no wounds
Running home in puddles of rain and dirt on shined shoes
and tailor hemmed seams / damp
as in clams, oysters and colossal teardrops
suspended from wood beams.
The checkerboard cake for the first time
Grandfather’s smile when he took his seat, opened his arms
and peered into the waterfall of new life placed in his care.
A warm school lunch easing sounds of an approaching bear
Filling hungry bones, empty cupboards and tired minds.
The old Country discarded like divided socks, a soiled
sponge, and a wire hanger digging out the crevice of a soul
A new Country / its unity / peaceful living / the human race as a whole.
After the fires.
Hearing the words and seeing their fruition
“I have a dream that one day…rough places will be made
plain and crooked places will be made straight.”
Sharon M. Williams is an author, poet, teacher and entrepreneur in the greater Los Angeles area. She was a teacher and counselor of high school youth and adults for over 20 years with the Los Angeles Unified School District. Currently, she continues to teach, mentor and provide writing services as a business owner in the field of education. Her earlier poems appear in The Storyteller and Oak magazines and most current work can be found in A Spiritual Journal of Healing, Scenes of Southern California and Spectrum: The Miracle Experiment. Sharon also enjoys writing haiku and will have some upcoming poems in Scarlet Dragonfly Journal (August 2022) and Southern California Haiku Study Group Anthology (2022). Sharon has published two books of poetry: Two Truths Wise: A Collection of Poetry and Anecdotal Stories and recently, Dark Days Light: A Poetry Collection for You. Sharon is passionate about living, writing and healing so when she’s not working, she spends her time exploring museums and art festivals, facilitating her writing group, staying healthy and enjoying time with family and friends. Sharon M. Williams holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in education.