Bleached Bones and Jumbled Residues

We are now faced with the fact, my friends, that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late. Procrastination is still the thief of time. Life often leaves us standing bare, naked, and dejected with a lost opportunity. The tide in the affairs of men does not remain at flood — it ebbs. We may cry out desperately for time to pause in her passage, but time is adamant to every plea and rushes on. Over the bleached bones and jumbled residues of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words, “Too late.”


– Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “Beyond Vietnam, A Time to Break Silence,” delivered April 4, 1967, Riverside Church, New York City

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2 thoughts on “Bleached Bones and Jumbled Residues”

  1. I address
    / the society
    the image, of
    common utopia.

    / The perversity
    of separation, isolation,
    after so many years of trying to enter their kingdoms,
    now they suffer in tears, these others, saxophones whining
    through the wooden doors of their less than gracious homes.
    The poor have become our creators. The black. The thoroughly
    ignorant.
    Let the combination of morality
    and inhumanity
    begin.
    -Amiri Baraka

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