Tuesday, January 20, 2009

A New Parade

Get out the flags; let's have a new parade.
It may be pomp, it may be circumstance
and nothing more. But even so, a chance
to stand and show the world that we are made
of better stuff than we've been showing here.
Against all odds, against all prejudice
we're bound for glory! Friends, I give you this:
We stood for hope. We stood against the fear.

A job is done. Another one begins.
There's no doubt, we'll still suffer for our sins
and years of work and struggle are ahead
to rebuild liberties, to make our bread.
But that will come. Today we have a new
parade on Pennsylvania Avenue.

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Rethabile said...

Nicely done, as usual. Bravo!

Anonymous said...

This is fantastic! Lovely way to capture the spirit of the day, and I am always so impressed by people who can make strict forms seem so effortless and natural. :) Masterful work.

Andy Sewina said...

A historical occasion
nicely recorded!

Tumblewords: said...

Well honed homage!

Anonymous said...

Well, done. It captures the spirit surrounding Obama's inauguration.

Rinkly Rimes said...

I enjoyed the form and the mood of this poem.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I'm here from your totally optional prompts site, although I've been here before to read.

"against all odds, against prejudice"
Oh, yes: wonderful new beginnings at the White House!

Linda Jacobs said...

I like your choice of a sonnet for this poem. The lines seem to be marching in formation to a parade beat!