Inauguration 2013: Richard Blanco’s inaugural poem ‘One Today’ – latimes.com

The following poem was delivered by inauguration poet Richard Blanco during ceremonies for  President Obama’s second inaugural Monday. The text of the poem was provided by the Presidential Inaugural Committee.

“One Today”

One sun rose on us today, kindled over our shores,

peeking over the Smokies, greeting the faces

of the Great Lakes, spreading a simple truth

across the Great Plains, then charging across the Rockies.

One light, waking up rooftops, under each one, a story

told by our silent gestures moving behind windows.

 

My face, your face, millions of faces in morning’s mirrors,

each one yawning to life, crescendoing into our day:

pencil-yellow school buses, the rhythm of traffic lights,

fruit stands: apples, limes, and oranges arrayed like rainbows

begging our praise. Silver trucks heavy with oil or paper — bricks or milk, teeming over highways alongside us,

on our way to clean tables, read ledgers, or save lives — to teach geometry, or ring up groceries as my mother did

for twenty years, so I could write this poem.

 

via Inauguration 2013: Richard Blanco’s inaugural poem ‘One Today’ – latimes.com.

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