Reflections on Grant Park 2004 – 2021 11/4/08
I saw America gathered on a cold November night
Black and white, yellow and red with all blends in sight
I saw America gathered together as one people on the lawn
Children of integration, people of hope, “silver spoons,” and ghetto moms
I saw America gathered with joy stretched and reaching
College Students, blue collar workers, business men, and teachers
I saw America gathered “One Nation Under God”
People of all faiths, people of no faith, all with hope for what the future holds
I saw America gathered a shining light to the world
Examples of hope, oneness, unity, and love, speaking with one voice
I saw America gathered watching History on a new track
Bringing down walls of race and fear that for too long held us back
I saw America gathered fulfilling ancestral dreams
Of Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Martin Luther King
I saw America gathered to let the whole world know
That differences can be transcended and peace can be attained.
I saw America gathered and it made me very proud
To be part of this great country where voices can be heard loud
I saw America gathered and I prayed, that God would give
Our new president wisdom. as on this difficult path we live
I saw America gathered together as he spoke
With humility and pride, confidence and strength, wrapped in words of hope
I saw America gathered, eager to open a new door
Not black or white, rich or poor, simply Americans
…and nothing more!
*Back in 2008 after the disastrous Bush years of the invasion of Iraq, I and many other Americans were drawn in by Obama’s message of Hope and Change. Although the “Hope and Change” did not turn out the way I had anticipated, watching the crowd who came out to see President elect Obama at Grant park in 2008, to me, was a very moving experience. Immediately following I was inspired to write this poem at midnight as I watched it play out live on TV.
Sadly the desire to work together was immediately crushed by partisan politics, both then and now. Division and polarization has brought great harm to the country. Many of the dreams expressed in Grant Park that election eve seem to have gone up in political smoke!
Now, as President Biden begins his term, many of these dreams are revisited. This poem is my naïve dream that we could all come together, as they did in Grant Park, to create the Hope and Change our country needed.
Posting this on d’Verse open link night. I read this today on our virtual poetry group this afternoon. It was so great to see and hear everyone who participated.
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