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‘The Young Man In The Photograph’

@3ChicsPolitico: A large crowd kneels in prayer in Milwaukee on the first anniversary of the assassination of Dr King May 5, 1969.

by jacquelineoboomer (@JOBoomr)

I saw the young man
In the photograph
Three rows in, on the right
After you pointed him out
And he wore a hoodie
On that day of days
And probably into that night
Back in May of 1969
When the people were
Commemorating the
Awful Dr. King assassination
We had all lived through
With them
The year before.

And so it was in so many ways
And so many years since
That another young man
Minding his own business
With his entire life ahead
Walked out onto the street
Away from the protection of his father
Wearing a hoodie into the night
And into the photographs in our minds
Forever.

Rest in Peace, Dr. King
Rest in Peace, Trayvon Martin
Never forgotten in the annals of history
And the depths of the souls
Of good people
Like you, when you thought to point out the likeness
Like us, when we understood the meaning
Good people, coast to coast
And sea to shining sea
All the good people they left behind
To pass the story forward.

© jacquelineoboomer


171 Responses to “‘The Young Man In The Photograph’”


  1. 1 canadabarb4obama
    January 27, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    first

  2. January 27, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    Just beautiful Jacqueline.

  3. 12 canadabarb4obama
    January 27, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Jacqueline, please publish your amazing works!

  4. 13 canadabarb4obama
    January 27, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Chips, please post a photo of Danny.

  5. January 27, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    And so it was in so many ways
    And so many years since
    That another young man
    Minding his own business
    With his entire life ahead
    Walked out onto the street
    Away from the protection of his father
    Wearing a hoodie into the night
    And into the photographs in our minds
    Forever.

    I’m going to start crying.

  6. 34 Judith Fardig
    January 27, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    Jacqueline, this is an incredibly moving poem. I’m in awe of your mind and heart!

  7. 35 GGail
    January 27, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    Thank you Chipsticks for posting this!

    And thank you , thank you, thank you Jacqueline for being so moved by the photo (Good eye LL) to pen these touching words.

    I love my TOD family!!!!

  8. 37 Nerdy Wonka
    January 27, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    And so it was in so many ways
    And so many years since
    That another young man
    Minding his own business
    With his entire life ahead
    Walked out onto the street
    Away from the protection of his father
    Wearing a hoodie into the night
    And into the photographs in our minds
    Forever.

    Rest in Peace, Dr. King
    Rest in Peace, Trayvon Martin
    Never forgotten in the annals of history
    And the depths of the souls
    Of good people

    Wow…wow….wow…wow. You are a talented and beautiful soul, Jacqueline and this tribute to Trayvon Martin shows it clearly. Thank you for honoring that innocent child gone before his time in your heart and with your words. Thank you for keeping him close to you and thank you for reminding us why we fight, toil, and struggle to protect other Trayvon Martin’s from a heartbreaking fate.

  9. 41 donna dem 4 obama
    January 27, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    Simply beautiful JOB!!!

    Chips thank you for front paging this beautiful tribute.

  10. 43 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 27, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    JOB — amazing! Thank you so much for sharing this!

    • 44 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      January 27, 2014 at 5:29 pm

      PS. Question from the practical, pragmatic one — You ARE copyrighting your work, aren’t you?

  11. 45 Nena20409
    January 27, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    Wow. J’OB you simply Rock.

    Brilliant.

  12. 46 Nena20409
    January 27, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    TBGOPers started caring about Deficits on Nov 5 2008 and they went over drive on Jan 20, 2009 and they are still there being cheered on by the Mass Media.

    photo/1

  13. 47 Nena20409
    January 27, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Fantastic ACA news.

    photo/1

  14. 48 mtmarilyn
    January 27, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    Oh my, JOB! You are wonderful. Between this and that beautiful video that was posted yesterday, the young rapper rapping about Sandy Hook, I have been in tears. They are so moving.

  15. 49 donna dem 4 obama
    January 27, 2014 at 5:36 pm
  16. 50 Nena20409
    January 27, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    photo/1

  17. 51 donna dem 4 obama
    January 27, 2014 at 5:37 pm
    • 52 GGail
      January 27, 2014 at 5:42 pm

      Wow, impotent frustrated men say the damnedest thing!

    • 54 Nena20409
      January 27, 2014 at 6:10 pm

      At Fox……they are allowed to call others out. At MSNBC, they are Not, unless, YOUR name is lying cheating JScar. He gets folks fired. He is allowed to Lie, Call people out and Mock them on TV/Cable, Twitter, Radio and on his Opinion page at Politico. Why? What does JScar have over Phil Griffin at MSNBC?

  18. 55 donna dem 4 obama
    January 27, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Please proceed GOP with this stupid plan

    • 56 Nena20409
      January 27, 2014 at 5:47 pm

      This guy had affairs. Married his mistress, Susan. Now is divorced with a sealed court papers….away from the public and then in 2002, a 26 yrs old DEAD intern? And he is on TV/Cable 3hrs M-F spouting Lies? Enough of his superiority Complex.

      • 57 99ts
        January 27, 2014 at 5:52 pm

        Have to wonder what he knows about who.

      • 58 donna dem 4 obama
        January 27, 2014 at 5:56 pm

        Yet he gets just enough ratings (via liberal and progressive viewers mainly) to keep him on the air. :roll:

        • 59 yardarm756
          January 27, 2014 at 6:07 pm

          It’s MSNBC’s effort to call itself fair and balanced. The programs begin the day on the right and ends on the left.

          • 60 donna dem 4 obama
            January 27, 2014 at 6:14 pm

            It would serve us better if it started on the left and ended on the left but the “right” leaning shows get progressives support just like the shows on the left so MSNBC feels no pressure to change. unfortunately the powers to be on that station believe their core audience is satisfied with their programming.

  19. 62 donna dem 4 obama
    January 27, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Every Vote Matters!!!

    • 63 GGail
      January 27, 2014 at 5:43 pm

      YES, YES, YES!

    • 64 Nena20409
      January 27, 2014 at 5:48 pm

      It Takes ONE Vote to win. Those who don’t bother to Vote at all are implicit in killing our democracy.

      • 65 0388jojothecat
        January 27, 2014 at 7:00 pm

        Someone commented a relative does not vote but complains…they need to be called out as lazy, unpatroitic, and people like them have no right to complain. They are the reason things are so messed up. If more Dems voted there would be no Pres. Reagon, Bush I & 2, no 9 11, no Iraq & Afghan wars, less climate change, universal healthcare, and no deficits, etc. The reason we don’t have all this and more is because of nonvoting.

    • 66 99ts
      January 27, 2014 at 5:55 pm

      And it took every vote to turn Virginia blue – so many close elections – the GOP votes would vote for the devil himself(itself?) if he ran as a republican.

    • 68 Linda
      January 27, 2014 at 5:52 pm

      I love the comment.

      Linda Perry
      • 8 minutes ago

      So MSNBC and GOPers should start answering about JScar’s philandering ways and the Dead Intern in his office in FL in 2002? This guy is twice divorce and he has cheated on his wife…..perhaps every time JScar is on MTP, The View, HBO’s Bill Marher, Today Show, etc……JScar’s bio must include his cheating ways and his hand in impeaching pres Clinton. Shameless RWNJ JScar.
      —-

      Joe has no mirrors in his house ?

  20. January 27, 2014 at 5:45 pm
  21. 72 Linda
    January 27, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    Former Virginia First Lady Maureen McDonnell didn’t always get everything she asked for from the Virginia businessman and political donor Jonnie Williams.

    The Washington Post reported this weekend on a couple of instances when Williams felt “a little used and put her off,” according to people familiar with the account Williams gave to federal prosecutors.

    According to the Post, after the McDonnell family had spent a vacation at Williams’ lake house, the McDonnells’ sons had driven Williams’ Range Rover home. Maureen McDonnell subsequently asked Williams if the boys could take the vehicle back to the University of Virginia. Williams said no. Not long after that, Maureen McDonnell called Williams with another idea: could he give her money to buy another of her children a used Ford Explorer. Again, Williams said no.

    The McDonnells were indicted last week on more than a dozen charges related to the tens of thousands of dollars in gifts and loans they accepted from Williams, who previously ran a struggling dietary supplements company called Star Scientific.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/maureen-mcdonnell-suvs

    This smells like a love affair to me. Maybe that is why the Gov. threw her under the bus and did not take the plea deal.

  22. January 27, 2014 at 5:49 pm
    • 75 GGail
      January 27, 2014 at 6:09 pm

      I suggest everyone take their heart medication and strap on the seatbelts because this President Obama has no more elections ahead of him and it’s “GLOVES OFF” time on Tuesday.

  23. January 27, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    Thanks so much JO’B for this moving tribute to Dr. King and Trayvon. I echo the sentiments of everyone who has posted – you are an amazing talent, and we are deeply and eternally grateful for your contributions here. :)

  24. 79 donna dem 4 obama
    January 27, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Oh NOOOOO Chips now I’m getting the request to RT the Harvey Edwards tweets. :(

  25. 87 99ts
    January 27, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    Dear JoB – what an amazing person you are – in so many ways. Thank you ever so much for sharing with TOD – and for caring

  26. January 27, 2014 at 6:00 pm
  27. 101 Linda
    January 27, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    Ed Schultz is an ass.

    That is all.

  28. 105 99ts
    January 27, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    I don’t know if this has been posted – but if someone can post the tweet without all the replies – let me know how

    ——————————————————-
    Roger SimonVerified account ‏@politicoroger

    Pete Souza’s job is safe. Jay Carney’s Instagram of the WH Press Corps: @PeteSouza @PressSec pic.twitter.com/wrtgVnJMpK

    ——————————————————-

    Go check the picture – and the replies – the real Mark Knoller!

  29. 106 Nena20409
    January 27, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    http://www.wistv.com/story/24556793/report-one-dead-in-shooting-at-mental-health-facility

    CHESTERFIELD, SC (WBTV) -
    A patient at a mental health facility in Chesterfield was shot and killed by a parole officer after officials say the patient attacked a psychiatrist inside.

    According to the South Carolina Department of Mental Health, a patient was brought to the Tri-County Mental Health Center around 11:30 a.m. Monday morning for treatment.

    When the psychiatrist was with the patient, staff members inside the clinic heard the patient become loud and argumentative. That’s when the agent went into the office.
    ////

    Shoot to Kill? Or To serve and To Protect?

  30. 107 donna dem 4 obama
    January 27, 2014 at 6:09 pm
  31. 111 JER
    January 27, 2014 at 6:12 pm
    • 112 Nena20409
      January 27, 2014 at 6:15 pm

      Will CUT Millions out of SNAP? Just like the deal on the Budget…..now 1.6M out of UI? Hmm? TBGOPers keep getting their way as so many are eager to have a deal?

      Half a Loaf being better than Nothing……I see?

    • 114 Vicki
      January 27, 2014 at 6:30 pm

      horrible sad I take it subsidies to rich farmers remain intact?

    • 115 57andfemale
      January 27, 2014 at 10:33 pm

      and what exactly did Dems get for this travesty? what did GOP give up?

      yeah. That is what I thought.

      Dems in fear of a small sliver of crazies. Instead of earning votes because they give a damn about the American people. What – had agribusiness lost a month of corporate welfare?

      I’m thoroughly disgusted.

  32. 116 Linda
    January 27, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    c-span’s First Ladies series is Hillary Clinton tonight.

  33. 124 Nena20409
    January 27, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    So Jay “Clark Kent” Carney took over the WH Instagram today? Hmm?

    WH presser 1-27-14

  34. January 27, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    it is a beautiful poem. thank you

  35. January 27, 2014 at 6:28 pm
    • 127 GGail
      January 27, 2014 at 6:41 pm

      Holy moly Danny!!!!
      Blame it on the California Bear that came into your room !!!!!

    • 128 Nena20409
      January 27, 2014 at 6:42 pm

      Wow. Danny is getting H U G E.

      This bed has become way tooooooooo small, I guess.

      What a handsome looking Danny. I believe Danny. He didn’t do it.

    • 129 No Child Left Behind
      January 27, 2014 at 7:22 pm

      I just love Danny Boy! Take-no-prisoner guy. LOL

    • 130 nospin
      January 27, 2014 at 7:25 pm

      wait until he gets to your front door, your baseboards and the legs on your kitchen table chairs. I know because my dog is a black lab and he is only going to get bigger and more mischievous.

    • 131 canadabarb4obama
      January 27, 2014 at 10:02 pm

      Ask your mom to stop trying to figure out how you might be more comfortable. You can do it yourself!!

    • 132 57andfemale
      January 27, 2014 at 10:40 pm

      all our dogs have alter egos who are the naughty ones. It could never be them! Heavens, no!

      Nickelby’s alter ego is Big Foot. ( He has the biggest feet you’ve ever seen on a little dog)

      I wonder who Danny’s nemesis is. Hmmmmmm……

  36. January 27, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    JO’B, you’ve captured the sadness and grief of those two moments connecting in history with such a powerful beauty and grace. It’s a very moving tribute to their lives and a sad commentary on our culture of violence. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  37. January 27, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    JO’B:

    Kudos, oh poet laureate of TOD.

    I saw your response to LL, just moments after he mentioned the resemblance of the young man in the photograph to Trayvon Martin.

    Quick witted and moving response.

    We at TOD are grateful you’re here and sharing your enormous talents with us!

  38. 135 hopefruit2
    January 27, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Every time the President has to give a speech – it’s mass hysteria. I’m getting swamped with emails telling me to “tell President Obama” what he should or should not say tomorrow at the SOTU address. I’m seeing a whole bunch of tweets from various outlets soliciting “advice” from folks about what the President should say. Meanwhile no one seems the least bit interested in the fact that there are FOUR GOP “responses” to PBO’s SOTU address. I’m shaking my head as I type this….

    • 136 99ts
      January 27, 2014 at 6:39 pm

      What did I miss while sleeping? Last time I looked it was THREE. The stupid is getting more unhinged – is that even possible?

    • 141 dotster3
      January 27, 2014 at 6:44 pm

      I am always infuriated when anyone—–from TV pontificators or our “friends” on twitter etc. etc.—-have the audacity to opine on what PBO “needs” to say, as if any of them were smarter, or more intuitive, or more in the know, than President Obama. I always mutter, “Shut thy mouth”.

      • 142 hopefruit2
        January 27, 2014 at 6:47 pm

        Exactly dotster! You would think that with all their brilliant ideas and overflowing cups of advice, they would have run for something, won and lived to implement their ideas and solve much of the world’s problems. It’s really sickening that these empty barrels are making the most noise, getting paid, but yielding ZERO real solutions.

    • 143 GGail
      January 27, 2014 at 6:46 pm

      I just hit Delete when I get them HF. Don’t sweat the small stuff – we need positive vibes for POTUS to feel :D

      • 144 hopefruit2
        January 27, 2014 at 6:49 pm

        I do the same as you GGail. But I couldn’t help but notice the cycle of hysteria every time PBO is about to give a speech. While it can be very sickening at times, it’s more comical than anything at this point, as you noted.

  39. 146 Linda
    January 27, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A House plan to make major cuts to food stamps would be scaled back under a bipartisan agreement on a massive farm bill, a near end to a more than two-year fight that has threatened to hurt rural lawmakers in an election year.

    The measure announced by the House and Senate Agriculture committees preserves food stamp benefits for most Americans who receive them and continues generous subsidies for farmers. The House could vote on the bill as soon as Wednesday.

    The compromise was expected to cut food stamps by about $800 million a year, or around 1 percent. The House in September passed legislation cutting 5 percent from the $80 billion-a-year program.

    The Democratic-controlled Senate had passed a bill with $400 million in annual food stamp cuts.

    • 147 Layla
      January 27, 2014 at 6:41 pm

      How are they choosing who can eat….

      • 148 Nena20409
        January 27, 2014 at 6:47 pm

        There is also a story that is Not always said. There was an increase in 2009/2010 Bill. As the economy continues to gain traction, there are some tapering down of funds to reflect also the facts. I am not sure that this part of the reporting is always mentioned. Just like the deficit and the slowing down due to Tax increases and some reduction in growth of some Gov agencies.

  40. January 27, 2014 at 6:42 pm
  41. 155 Linda
    January 27, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida measure that would allow the use of medical marijuana has cleared its final hurdle and will be on the November ballot.

    The state Supreme Court on Monday approved the language for the proposed constitutional amendment.

    The justices gave its approval by a 4-3 vote just three days after a petition drive reached the required number of signatures to place the measure on the ballot.

    The decision is a defeat for Attorney General Pam Bondi, who challenged the ballot language by saying it’s misleading.

    Personal injury lawyer John Morgan has spent about $4 million to place the issue before voters.

    Gov. Rick Scott is opposed to medical marijuana. His Democrats challengers, state Sen. Nan Rich and former Gov. Charlie Crist, both support it.

  42. 157 JER
    January 27, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    So Cory Booker finally surfaces, and here is what is on his mind…

    • 158 Don
      January 27, 2014 at 6:59 pm

      Of course he’s worried about a goddamn football game. I mean it’s not like his state is losing jobs and the governor is trying to fuck the teacher’s union out of existence. Doesn’t he know that the only time he’s supposed to open his pie hole is when it’s time to oppose President Obama?

  43. 159 Jovie
    January 27, 2014 at 6:47 pm
  44. January 27, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    New post in 12 minutes, 42 seconds.

    • 164 Layla
      January 27, 2014 at 6:58 pm

      Danny and I do not believe this..and first he eats the little bed, then the bigger one and then…your bed!

      • 165 anniebella
        January 27, 2014 at 7:19 pm

        I just heard Chris Matthews say something about Joy Reid having some program coming on at 2pm. What is he talking about. this is my first time hearing about it.

  45. 167 GGail
    January 27, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    Ok folks, I’m going down the mountain to my home – see you on the other side…

  46. 168 MightyPamela
    January 27, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    Here is a bit of exciting news for Texas: my nephew, well known LA jazz musician, is playing 3 gigs, 1/30 in The Woodlands, 1/31 – Austin, 2/1 – Dallas. He will be performing with guitar duo Strunz and Farah, accompanied by percussionist Majeed Ghorbanian. For more info go to katisse.com. NW, you might like this!!

  47. 170 Nena20409
    January 27, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/genova-samson-bridge-tucker

    The official, David Samson, was Christie’s appointee as chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the agency that oversees the George Washington Bridge, which is at the heart of the scandal. Samson’s name appeared in emails that surfaced earlier this month as part of the legislative investigation into the lane closures on the bridge in September.

    But it turns out the attorney Samson hired is also involved in a billion-dollar retail and luxury residential development called Hudson Lights, which is being built at the foot of the bridge in Fort Lee, N.J. Given its location and the amount of money involved, some have wondered whether the project was potentially the motive for the lane closures, which caused days of gridlock in Fort Lee.

  48. 171 jacquelineoboomer
    January 27, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    Oh, my. Thanks to all for the sweet comments. Don’t want to stretch this post by thanking y’all individually, but I do really appreciate each remark!


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