By Johnny Ray Moore
Let’s all become that VILLAGE,
Just like we used to be?
That VILLAGE made of KINGS and QUEENS,
A place of DIGNITY.
Back then, WE RAISED our children,
We taught them RIGHT from WRONG,
When problems came and shook their FAITH,
We urged them to HOLD ON.
We even PRAISED our ELDERS,
They PAVED THE WAY for us,
And, if they needed ANYTHING,
We GAVE without a fuss.
That village was a place of STRENGTH,
Where MEN made PEACE with MEN,
And WOMEN stood beside their mates,
Right to the very end.
The CHURCH, also, had POWER,
It gave much HOPE to many,
It taught SALVATION was for all,
And DID NOT COST A PENNY!
And furthermore, that VILLAGE was,
Designed to keep us grounded,
Instilling precious HARMONY,
The BEST THING ever founded.
So, as we sometimes toil with doubt,
STAND TALL and PERSEVERE,
Because, THAT VILLAGE WAY OF LIFE,
IS STILL SO VERY DEAR.
Johnny Ray Moore is a poet, children’s book author, greeting card writer and songwriter. His acclaimed board book, The Story of Martin Luther King Jr., has sold more than 100,000 copies. His children’s poetry collection, Silence, Please (Clear Fork Publishing), debuts in April.
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