Inspiration from Dr. King

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was such an incredible orator and a wise speech writer. His words and being moved people toward justice, love, and equality. I want to choose a quote from him today to reflect on and write to. We could do this with any of his quotes and can and should listen to and reflect on his speeches, his words, his wisdom, but in this post, I will focus on just one.

“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.” – Dr. King

We need this quote right now in our world. I just love it. To me, he speaks of radical love.

I invite you to reflect on it and write about it. Do you agree with this quote? What is love? What does he mean by love? What do you mean by love?

Is LOVE powerful enough to transform enemies into friends?

If so, how do you see love transforming enemies into friends? How do you see this being possible in your own life? How do you see it being possible in our world? How do you see it being possible beginning with you and the love you have in you?

What does this quote mean to you? Does it give you hope or not?

Can you invite LOVE into your life to make a difference in how you treat yourself? In how you treat others? In how you imagine a going forward?

You might consider sharing what you wrote with a friend, a loved one, or just outloud to yourself.

Happy Dr. Martin Luther King Day!

May you be well.



Published by lizawolfffrancis

Liza Wolff-Francis is a poet and writer with an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Goddard College who is proud to have served two terms as a member of the Albuquerque Poet Laureate Program’s Selection Committee. She was co-director for the 2014 Austin International Poetry Festival and a member of the 2008 Albuquerque Poetry Slam Team. She has an ekphrastic poem posted in Austin’s Blanton Art Museum by El Anatsui’s sculpture “Seepage” and her work has most recently appeared in Steam Ticket, eMerge, Minute Magazine, Weaving the Terrain: 100 Word Southwestern Poems, Bearing the Mask: Southwestern Persona Poems, Poetic Routes, Poetry Pacific, Edge, and on various blogs. She has a chapbook out called Language of Crossing (2015, Swimming with Elephant Publications), which is a collection of poems about the Mexico- U.S. border. She loves breakfast food, popcorn and dark chocolate.

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