Synecdoche (si-nek’-do-kee): A whole is represented by naming one of its parts (or genus named for species), or vice versa (or species named for genus).

They weren’t just anybody’s dreams. They were enchantments getting us to see what we couldn’t see. It’s in dreams that possible better futures emerge from visions, from pens and songs and the eyes of the world watching freedom’s drama unfold–at the edges of hell, in the aisles of cathedrals, on the streets, in school yards, at lunch counters, in buses. Set upon at night by White Robes emboldened by the Law’s silence, killing hopeful young men–point blank cowards blowing holes in innocent chests, triggering murder, skulking back into the bushes and driving away, feeling they had done their duty, feeling the justice of their murders in the sticky blood on their hands and the hatred in their hearts.

But, at the time, love triumphed over savagery. Real justice was afforded its place. People went to prison. Legislation was passed. Children went to school.

Thank-you Martin Luther King Jr.

Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (

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