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  • Chris Hayden
    APRIL IS NATIONAL POETRY MONTH!!!!!! Surely no better way to begin than by singingshoutingsighing the piece Elizabeth Alexander composed and performed for the
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      APRIL IS NATIONAL POETRY MONTH!!!!!!

      Surely no better way to begin than by singingshoutingsighing the piece Elizabeth Alexander composed and performed for the Obama Inauguration


      PRAISE SONG FOR THE DAY
      By Elizabeth Alexander

      Each day we go about our business
      walking past each other
      catching each others' eyes
      or not,

      about to speak
      or speaking

      All about us is noise.
      All about us is noise and bramble
      thorn and din

      Each one of our ancestors on our tongues

      Someone is stitching up a hem
      darning a 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
      words spiny or smooth
      whispered or declaimed
      words to consider,

      reconsiderÂ…Â…

      We cross dirt roads and highways that mark the will of someone
      and then others
      who said,
      "I 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,
      built brick by brick
      The glittering edifices
      they would then keep clean
      and work in

      A Praise song for struggle
      praise song for the day
      Praise song for every hand-lettered sign
      the figuring it out at kitchen tables.







      Some live by
      "Love thy neighbor as thy self."
      Others by
      "First do no harm,"
      or

      "Take no more than you need."

      What if the mightiest word is

      love

      love beyond marital
      filial
      national

      Love that casts a widening pool of light
      Love with no need to preempt grievance.

      In today's sharp sparkle
      this winter air
      anything can be made
      any sentence begun.

      On the brink,
      on the brim,
      on the cusp

      Praise song for walking forward in that light.

      Copyright Elizabeth Alexander


      Elizabeth Alexander Home Page

      http://www.elizabethalexander.net/home.html

      Praise Song for the Day book on Amazon

      http://www.amazon.com/Praise-Song-Day-Presidential-Inauguration/dp/1555975453/ref=pd_sim_b_2/189-4798710-4869434
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