What follows is my response to the Presidential Inauguration on Tuesday. I was so moved by what I saw and heard I just had to write it down, so, for your perusal here is my poem to our democracy and liberty.
Inauguration of Hope
Did you watch?
Were you there?
Did you feel the celebratory air?
We gathered today to listen
To be inspired and filled with hope
and were not disappointed.
In the cold clear light of noon
A new corner is turned.
We will follow with hopes held high
a million flags waving in the crisp air.
We will move forward,
not worrying about How,
but saying now!
Let's do it now
A new leader is before us,
Gathering all our hopes and dreams
into his intention to live true democracy.
But not forgetting that to live our dream
We must contribute all we have,
Pledge to the good of all.
Let us stand tall,
hearing the voices of past, present and future
and walk forward in expectation,
work to raise this nation
in the sturdy pursuit of peace
within and without our borders,
To inspire those around us
to give a little bit more for others,
and take a little less for ourselves.
For, it has always been
and thus will always be
Love each other as we love ourselves,
Being kind to friend, stranger and family.
Our strength lies in our ability to say I was wrong,
there is a better way.
Take my hand and walk with me
To a better tomorrow
not forgetting all those things
that have gone before,
the hurts, and the wars,
Draw deep from ourselves,
find a depth we did not know was there.
Let us celebrate and dance
the dance of liberty,
Joyful in the change that has been promised,
to this great nation.
And, I will say yes, yes, yes!