the color purple, seminal chef d’oeuvre Alice birthed;
roots by Alex helped African-Americans define our place here on this complicated Earth;
revelations, the glorious masterpiece Alvin conceived, changed forever how dance is perceived;
i have a dream, Dr. King presciently declared to a young nation its mandate laid bare;
like these fellow humans extraordinaire,
do we all, too, have deep inside a magnum opus to share –
some work of great resonance and immediacy
one channeled through us mysteriously and thoroughly
to awaken, enlighten, and inspire humanity
so as to foster lasting peace and unity
and help alleviate suffering, injustice and egregious inequality?
affirmative, i believe
as this may be the reason why we are here now and live.
our masterwork may manifest itself as
a seemingly subtle deed
or via the birth of a divine human being.
for some, an idea whose time has finally and suddenly been fashioned;
for others, an action or creation born of deliberate and obsessive passion.
it may be immediately recognized
or, initially, widely despised and reviled.
alas, we humans can be so naïve and blind.
what is your magnum opus–
is it in the past
or do you feel it coming up for air and light at very last?
will you discern it as such
or cavalierly, insecurely dismiss it as mere fluff?