Poem No. 70
Live Poeming the Inaugural:
1 I don't know Who writes Klobuchar's speeches I like what she's saying But I don't like how she's saying it 2 Roy Blunt? Okay, sure, I guess so And wait-- He chaired the inaugural committee Four years ago? He helped inaugurate the last guy? Oh hell, no I will take a pee break now No, actually I will make some tea And note that Blunt pointed out That somehow "more perfect" Is less perfect Than "perfect" That's interesting Kind of Okay, now I will pee 4 Okay, I'm back Did I miss anything? Oh, ok, it's prayer time With Father Leo O'Donovan He says we come on our knees But he's not on his knees I guess the knees are metaphorical Hey, this is a good prayer I'm going to clasp my hands And close my eyes now 5 The color guard Blah Blah Oh, but now Lady Gaga I think she ought to have worn a mask Until the singing part Oh...she's singing it pretty good It's a tough song to sing well 6 Andrea Hall Reciting and signing The pledge of allegiance I liked that 7 Justice Sonia Sotomayor Used to live around the block From my mama's apartment In a building that didn't exist When I grew up that apartment I really liked Kamala Harris's' smile I can't help but feel happy for her And for us And I can't help feeling A little optimistic right now 8 Hello, J. Lo Singing a Woody Guthrie Mashed up with America the Beautiful Very nice 9 I can't help but think How much this Justice Roberts Has fucked us And how much he will fuck us He is still fairly young (Although older than me and I'm not that young, but still) And has plenty of fuck you Left in him 10 Hail to the Chief: The youngest Senator At the time of his swearing in And the oldest president At the time of his swearing in Quite a ride for this guy 11 I am told he's not officially the president Until noon Which is still nine minutes away 12 Klobuchar says she's the first person To introduce the 46th president But technically, he's still not president Seven minutes to go 13 I'm not sure about that "indivisible" part But I guess we'll see 14 I'm bummed that Carter couldn't make it To the inauguration But I'm so fucking glad He didn't die While the piece of shit Was president 15 My whole soul is in it That's fucking beautiful This is a good fucking speech This almost president guy Makes a good case for unity And he's wise to acknowledge That some of us think it's A foolish fantasy The battle is perennial And victory is never assured But enough of us have come together To carry us all forward That makes sense That's believable 16 It's noon He's president now He made it We made it We can breathe again 17 These invocations Of the Civil War And of the protests 108 years ago For women's suffrage 18 Ah, Saint Augustine! A nation is "a multitude Of rational beings United by the The common objects Of their love" A beautiful quote But it begs the question Doesn't it? Makes me wonder Are we a nation? This idea that we can be A nation Is a beautiful idea But do you ever wonder Whether we had been better off If we had just let the South secede? And if states move to secede again Would John Roberts and company Let them? Is that the right move? It seems pretty fucking tempting sometimes 19 Okay, Mr. President So far, so good 20 I think I might have Preferred Chis Gaines To Garth Brooks But now I'm just Picking Nits Okay, I sang along at the end I too was lost I'm not sure I'm found quite yet Yikes Garth was totally not Social distancing there again 21 Oh, that was good of Roy Blount To recall Obama singing Amazing Grace 22 Amanda Gorman Her Wikipedia page Says "She recited a poem At Joe Biden's inauguration On January 20, 2021' But right now It should say She "is reciting a poem..." But now I'm just Picking Nits "There is always light If only we're brave enough To see it If only we're brave enough To be it" The poem is called The Hill We Climb I will read it slowly Later today I liked it a lot 23 Hallelujah, Glory Hallelujah The Rev. Dr. Sylvester S. Beaman Brought it 24 The commentators noted That as promised The last president's name Was not mentioned once A nice touch 25 Happy New President!! 1/20/2021
Personal Note: Amanda Gorman’s poem was the highlight for me. Wow. Powerful. Inspiring. Feeling like, yeah, I wanna write again – cuz it can be that powerful.
I am relieved the inauguration happened peacefully and that we have a new president (even if he isn’t Bernie or Elizabeth).
Peace! Have an amazing day.
Header image; detail from a painting I am currently working on.