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I remember part of a poem about Martin L. King. I can't remember all the stanzas. Here is some of what I remember.

  Martin was a peaceful boy ,peaceful when a man
  Three more lines  ?????
  Refrain
  You can be a peaceful boy , even a peaceful man
  You can be like Martin , yes you can!

Martin was an intelligent boy intelligent when a man
????
What is the complete poem?

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Dear Irma:

I believe you are referring to this poem:


You Can Be Like Martin by Mildred D. Johnson



Martin was a peaceful boy ,and peaceful when a man.

He wanted peace for everyone, all throughout our land.

You can be a peaceful child, even a peaceful woman or man.

     You can be like Martin, yes, you can!

Martin was a thinking boy, kept thinking when a man.

He knew good thinkers were needed, all throughout our land.

You can be a thinker, think on when you’re a woman or man.

     You can be like Martin, yes, you can!

Martin was a speaking boy, kept speaking when a man.

His words touched many listeners, all throughout our land.

You can be a speaker, speak on when you’re a woman or a man.

     You can be like Martin, yes you can!

Martin had a dream, you know, that all people would be free,

To live and work together, in a country filled with peace.

You can be a dreamer, keep dreaming when a woman or man.

     You can be like Martin, yes, you can!

Martin Luther King sang, “We shall Overcome,”

sang it throughout our land,

You can overcome, my children, yes, you can!

You can be like Martin, yes, you can!

You can be like Martin, yes, you can!


*** I hope this is the correct poem.

Ted Nesbitt

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I am a reference librarian and a former advanced placement English teacher. I can help identify poems, and I can define literary terms. In the area of literary criticism or analyses of specific poems, my experience and interests are these: Shakespeare, 18th- and 19th-century English literature, and American literature. I prefer short, specific questions on particular authors, poems, terms, or literary movements. I will not edit lengthy submissions or write students` assignments.

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