Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Inauguration Day

The joy of the crowds in Washington overflowed the small television set where we watched the inauguration of Barack Obama during our lunch break today.

No matter the personal politics, each person felt the change and the energy present in today's ceremony. It is what makes America the beautiful, the faces of her people united in spirit and energy to make tomorrow a new day, a new beginning for our country.

As I watched the faces and listened to the words, I remembered two poems I wrote a couple years ago that echo what was being said today. They are a fitting post for this day:

I Dream

of a day with no war
of a night with no prisoners
of a week with no soldiers
of a year with no torture
of a decade without terror
of a century without armies
of a time when people believe in peace
and all sleep gently in a place without fear


Everyday Lives

I write of lives unheralded--
the builders of our roads
the teachers of our children
the cleaners of our homes
the easers of our pain
the tillers of our soil
the keepers of the flame

that burns in each small village
along each rural road
in the middle of our cities
on the hearths of every home
they tend to life’s small details
though few may know their names
they live unrecorded history--
the keepers of the flame

8 comments:

Tiger Lady said...
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Jaime said...

As usual Obama delivered a very charismatic and inspiration speech. Aaron and I found ourselves nodding, oohing, and awwing through the whole speech.

*can you delete the above?

City Mouse said...

It was a great day, wasn't it? =)

Virginia said...

As much as the pagentry and meaning of the event, I was struck by the faces of the people in the crowd. Very moving.

Matthew Burns said...

I'm still skeptical about the direction of the country, and innately distrustful of politicians and big government, but I do find myself having a little more hope.

It truly is a wonderful thing to watch our democracy work.

Cathy said...

Yesterday was so inspiring and so important historically that I could not believe when my children said they did not get to watch it at their schools! Putnam County drives me crazy!
I hope you don't mind but I am tagging you for a Sixth Picture Meme. Read my blog for the day and it will explain. Keep warm!
I loved the Poem!

fudgelady said...

I liked your "Everyday Lives" better than the poem read at the Inauguration!

Granny Sue said...

Thank you, fudgelady! That means a lot to me.

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