A Minute Poem*
A Tribute to
souls embodied hope
of broadest scope.
He blazed new tracks
for Jews and blacks.
For half his life he worked the League
with freedom's plea
When cancer looked to wreck his world
his hope unfurled
"Lenny" Zakim, (November 17, 1953 - December 2, 1999) was
a Jewish-American religious and civil rights leader in Boston.
Zakim died in 1999 after a 5-year battle with bone-marrow
cancer. Boston's Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge was named
in his honor.
Shadow Poetry defines The Minute Poem as a rhyming verse
form consisting of 12 lines of 60 syllables written in strict
iambic meter. The poem is formatted into three stanzas of
8,4,4,4; 8,4,4,4; 8,4,4,4 syllables. The rhyme scheme is as
follows: aabb, ccdd, eeff.