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Praise Song for the Day

Praise Song for the Day

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Published by: Brian Ó Broin on Aug 23, 2012
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Praise Song for the Dayby Elizabeth AlexanderA Poem for Barack Obama's Presidential InaugurationEach day we go about our business,walking past each other, catching each other'seyes or not, about to speak or speaking.All about us is noise. All about us isnoise and bramble, thorn and din, eachone of our ancestors on our tongues.Someone is stitching up a hem, darninga hole in a uniform, patching a tire,repairing the things in need of repair.Someone is trying to make music somewhere,with a pair of wooden spoons on an oil drum,with cello, boom box, harmonica, voice.A woman and her son wait for the bus.A farmer considers the changing sky.A teacher says, Take out your pencils. Begin.We encounter each other in words, wordsspiny or smooth, whispered or declaimed,words to consider, reconsider.We cross dirt roads and highways that markthe will of some one and then others, who saidI need to see what's on the other side.I know there's something better down the road.We need to find a place where we are safe.We walk into that which we cannot yet see. Say it plain: that many have died for this day.Sing the names of the dead who brought us here,who laid the train tracks, raised the bridges,picked the cotton and the lettuce, builtbrick by brick the glittering edificesthey would then keep clean and work inside of.

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