We are all Baltimore, again today (Elijah Cummings, 1951-2019)

All of us who do not live in Baltimore
the 7th congressional district
maligned and mis-tweeted
that Elijah Cummings loved,

all of us who are not
congresswomen of color
whom Elijah Cummings defended,
all of us who did not grow up
targeted by the racism
that Elijah Cummings experienced —

we are still the mourners,

of the truth-teller,
no matter what the truth opened,

of the mediator between sides,
between parties, between
those who fought,

of the hope-giver,
and the man we’ll always remember
walking through the streets
after the funeral of Freddie Gray,
after the national tragedy
that was the death of Freddie Gray
singing, “This Little Light of Mine.”

All of us
who do not live in Baltimore
can still pick up his light,
hold it high and honor his memory
by promising him
that it will continue to shine.

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12 Responses to We are all Baltimore, again today (Elijah Cummings, 1951-2019)

  1. Jim Tschudy says:

    Thank you……..❤️

    On Thu, Oct 17, 2019 at 7:25 AM Gifts in Open Hands wrote:

    > Maren posted: “All of us who do not live in Baltimore the 7th > congressional district maligned and mis-tweeted that Elijah Cummings loved, > all of us who are not congresswomen of color whom Elijah Cummings defended, > all of us who did not grow up targeted by the ” >

  2. powerful- may he rest well and we shall carry the light- we must… with help of the Almighty… wow thank you for this Maren

  3. Beautiful tribute, Maren. This is very sad and such an enormous loss.

  4. What a beautiful tribute, Maren. What a light you shine on him; and you, too, are shining.

    I “found” you, because Shirley Showalter introduced me recently to your poem “reading the gospel of john in the autumn” in her facebook comments. It is so lovely and timely, full of healing, and so I shared the link with with a friend in need. She loved it so much, she did something entirely unexpected (she used to know better, and understood about copyrights, as she is a songwriter, but she is in her 80’s and I fear she is getting forgetful) — she emailed it to 11 others! Now I would like to at least give you due credit, and perhaps an opportunity for people to buy/read more of your work. Will you tell me how you’d like me to do that, what you’d like people newly introduced to you and your work to know? I could email to everyone she shared the poem with, and tell them a little about you, with a link to your most recent book, or wherever you would like me to direct them.

  5. Eleanor Kraner says:

    Thank you Maren

    Sent from my iPhone

    >

  6. Kathy Panas-Zabel says:

    Love, love, love! Will share on my Facebook & yes, state your name as author. As a Germantown, Maryland resident, we mourn the loss for not just our state, but the enormous loss for our nation. An honorable man of high integrity & deep faith. Thank you so very much for taking the time to write from your heart & sharing!

  7. Thank you Maren for shining a Light on the Courageous Rep. Cummings!

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