Saturday, January 17, 2009

Invoking a Dream

A fulfillment of prophesy, invoking a dream
a vision of our world, as God might have it be
a world, living by the commandments,
by the golden rule
where neighbor helps neighbor, where all are free
dignity and respect, love and comfort
open to all, no matter who they are

A turning point, a moment of power
certain change in that instant,
when he reads those words,
when his hand rests on the bible
when his words ring out, not so far
from the moment so long ago
when his kindred’s words spoke of a dream

January 17, 2009
on the juxtaposition of the
80th birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
and the inauguration of Barack Obama
as President of the United States of America
and the Presidential Oath, from the
US Constitution, Article I, Section 1, Clause 8,
"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully
execute the office of President of the United States,
and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend
the Constitution of the United States."

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