Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Inaugural Poem

During Tuesday's inauguration, I was really moved by the reading of this wonderful poem, which was by Elizabeth Alexander. Here are a few lines from it, as an example of why it grabbed my attention:

Some live by love thy neighbor as thyself,
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
Take a deep breath, exhale slowly and let THOSE words breathe through your consciousness for a little while. Then, go out and live them.

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