A quick, poetic word about yesterday's powerful uplift

There is so much to say, and no time to say it, so I wanted to at least offer readers a poem from Langston Hughes, penned during 1924 in a different America to the one we woke to this morning:

I, too, sing America

I am the darker brother

They send me to eat in the kitchen

When company comes

But I laugh

And eat well,

And grow strong.

Tomorrow,

I’ll be at the table

When company comes.

Nobody’ll dare

Say to me,

“Eat in the kitchen,”

Then.

Besides.

They’ll see how beautiful I am

And be ashamed –

I, too, am America

 

Comments (6)

by Kate Hannah on November 12, 2008
Kate Hannah

this poem, too, came to my mind, as i watched Obama speak at Grant Park - but i also thought of the "dream deferred", especially given the historical context of the location - the locus of the implosion of the 60s dream.  But my poetic segue took me further - to Seamus Heaney's The Cure at Troy:

but then, once in a lifetime

the longed for tidal wave

of justice can rise up

and hope and history rhyme.

 

we are in that moment now -

 

 

by Dr Jon Johansson on November 19, 2008
Dr Jon Johansson

Kate - Thanks for that, beautiful it is. Here's something that is also sourced to the implosion of the 60s dream, written by Jann Werner about Hunter S. Thompson, when Dr. Gonzo referred to the '68 Democratic Convention in Chicago (and your locus): "He (Thompson) talked about some times in life when things around you are profoundly personal but to big to be about what you saw." 

Sometimes one's own words can't do a subject justice because we cannot personally acces the profoundness of it. Thankfully we have other's to fall back on.

 

 

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