Why is it that when we are overcome with hopelessness
Crushed with oppression
Alone with rejection
Empty with loss
We call our feelings
Why are they not called “the blacks”?
Is it perhaps because
Even at those darkest of times
When we feel we cannot go on
When there is no reason to continue
When we feel like love and life and hope
We can yet perceive the faintest glimmer of light?
Like a star cresting the far horizon in the dead of night
Shading the blackness of despair
Into a deep indigo
Serving to light our way forward
Out of the depths of depression?
And is not that tiny flicker of hope
Leading us out of despair
Back to the land of the living
Mike Turner is a songwriter and poet living on the US Gulf Coast. Named 2017 Male Gospel Entertainer of the Year by the North America Country Music Associations International, Mike’s original songs have received airplay in the US, UK, Ireland, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and on the US Armed Forces Radio Network. He is co-founder of Music For World Peace Records, an indie record label specializing in original songs that promote world peace and oppose war. Mike’s poetry has been published in numerous print and on-line journals and anthologies; his first published poem was placed with Spillwords in 2019. Mike’s debut poetry collection, “Visions and Memories,” was published in July 2021 by Sweetycat Press and is available in select bookstores and on Amazon.