Reason A. Poteet, US




A Minute Poem*


Bridge Builder


A Tribute to Lenny Zakim**


Engaging souls embodied hope
of broadest scope.
He blazed new tracks
for Jews and blacks.

For half his life he worked the League
became intrigued
with freedom's plea
and Harmony.

When cancer looked to wreck his world
his hope unfurled
and empathy
brought therapy.


**Leonard Paul "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.  Wikipedia


*Minute Poem: 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.









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