january 20, 2009 – cont’d

the inaugural benediction 

Lord, in the memory of all the saints who from their labors rest, and in the joy of a new beginning, we ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get in back, when brown can stick around … when yellow will be mellow … when the red man can get ahead, man; and when white will embrace what is right. That all those who do justice and love mercy say Amen

inaugural poem 

All about us is noise. All about us is noise and bramble, thorn and din, each one of our ancestors on our tongues.

our poet president

Listen, open, till I cling to his pale,
Beige T-shirt, yelling,
Yelling in his ears, that hang
With heavy lobes, but he’s still telling
His joke,

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~ by nibblepoems on January 20, 2009.

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