The End of Gabriel’s Tale

Read the beginning of Gabriel’s tale. Gabriel, the Civil Rights Lawyer’s Tale III. The Appeal “At Ed Johnson’s father’s behest,Two black lawyers took his requestParden knew they would be threatenedHis prosperous practice destroyed.But Parden was a Christian man,He prayed to his God for wisdom.Pardon agreed to bear the cross,It did not matter what the cost. […]

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II: Gabriel, The Civil Rights Lawyer’s Tale

by Mark Kodama Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew Chapter 5:10 The time is always right to do what is right. Martin Luther King, Jr. Kingdom of Heaven I. The Arrest It was Nineteen Hundred ought Six. Old Chattanooga seemed transfixed, By a sudden […]

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Gabriel, The Civil Rights Lawyer’s Tale

by Mark Kodama Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. Martin Luther King, Jr. Letter from the Birmingham Jail The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists […]

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I am From Train Tracks and Busy Streets

by Vivian I am from train tracks and busy streets. From motorcycles rides through the city and instant noodles,The tofu on the streets that caused a round stomach – a baby so pure and so innocent. I am from red velvet slippers and jumping rope in the courtyard.From the big, mean girls who never let […]

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My Soul Cries

…This was written with all victims of abuse in mind, in the hopes of bringing awareness to the life-long trauma that follows. You are not alone.  My soul criesin angst, my soul cries. From dusk ’til dawn,I weep and I mournthe loss of innocence  and virtuestolen and plundered by a heartless few. My soul criesin […]

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Las Vegas Tales VIV

Bill DeSelms II The Newspaper Reporter Prologue: The Business by Mark Kodama My first job was the police beat. That’s where you either sink or swim. I remember I once covered A search and rescue launched for a missing woman and child. A few days later they found their bodies. I was so angry Those […]

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Las Vegas Tales VIII

Bill DeSelms I The Newspaper Reporter Prologue: The Business by Mark Kodama   What is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. James Madison Two movie […]

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