EPIC Poetry Group: Poet’s Corner — Here’s What I Saw

Here is the latest installment of Poet’s Corner, presented by the Edmonds-based EPIC Poetry Group.

Dear Reader,
This poem revealed itself early on to be the lyrics of a song yet to be written. It was inspired by a moving documentary about the young Freedom Riders in Alabama in the 1960’s, viewed against the backdrop of events of the summer of 2020. Three verses with refrain, in syncopated 4/4 rhythm—

Here’s What I Saw

(Refrain—)
Just to hail the heroes
of freedom’s fight for life and breath,
just to tell the story
of people facing fear,
just to raise a cry for common
justice overdue and do
the right thing, at last,
for you and you,
for you and you.

Here’s what I saw—
kids on a bus to Birmingham.
They met the law.
Pipes, bats and flames got hurled at them.
Despite the blood,
they showed no rage, they rode again.
That’s what we saw.
That’s what we saw!

(Refrain—)
Just to hail the heroes
of freedom’s fight for life and breath,
just to tell the story
of people facing fear,
just to raise a cry for common
justice overdue and do
the right thing, at last,
for you and you,
for you and you.

Here’s what I saw,
here’s what was staring in my face—
men of the law
making the law such a disgrace.
Who pays the price?
They took a life because of race.
That’s what we saw.
That’s what we saw!

(Refrain—)
Just to hail the heroes
of freedom’s fight for life and breath,
just to tell the story
of people facing fear,
just to cry and shout for common
justice overdue and do
the right thing, at last,
for you and you,
for you and you.

Here’s what I see,
We’ve got to join and not divide.
Can’t we agree
to come together, just decide.
What could we be
if we could see each other’s side?
It’s time to see—
We’ve got to see!

(Refrain—)
It’s just to hail the heroes
of freedom’s fight for life and breath,
it’s just to tell the story
of people facing fear,
it’s just to cry and shout for common
justice overdue and do
the right thing, at last,
for you and you,
for you and you.

Irene Myers

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Irene Myers, long-time resident of Seattle, now Edmonds, is a career and life coach by vocation, a fiddler of traditional Swedish music by avocation, and a poet by gravitation. In her writing, published and unpublished, she is intrigued by what is waiting to be named.

 

 

4 Replies to “EPIC Poetry Group: Poet’s Corner — Here’s What I Saw”

  1. Wonderful! Thank you for sharing these moving lyrics. I look forward to a day when we can all hear or sing the song!

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