I’m not an inauguration kind of person. I know they happen, but political speeches just don’t do it for me. Even on a day when I was particularly glad that a certain inauguration was happening, I just didn’t want to watch. Except for the poetry. I can’t put the whole poem here (copyright issues) but I like this part quite a bit:
Let the globe, if nothing else, say this is true:
That even as we grieved, we grew
That even as we hurt, we hoped
That even as we tired, we tried
I was surprised to discover that only four presidents have included poetry at their inaugurations: JFK, Clinton, Obama and now Biden (Carter had a poem but it was read at the gala not the swearing-in ceremony). It will be interesting to see if the other party eventually decides to add poetry to their inauguration traditions.
While I’m happy about events this week, I admit I am still shaken by what the last four years has unearthed and disgorged in our nation. So here is my haiku for the inauguration:
Breathing easier –
But still worried about us,
Too many crazies.
Any poetry speaking to you this week? Yours or anybody else’s?