The Battle Ahead of You – Fight On
Because today they need us –
today I claim my connection
to America. And I do this
through my grandmamma
who left Scotland and settled
near Boston, U.S.A.
And having made my explanation
and, because on Inauguration Day, 2017,
it cannot be said, as did Richard Blanco
four years ago; For All of Us, One Today,
the poets not given a voice on the podium today,
therefore in this divided and techno savvy world
I have decided I will make a ‘Virtual’ march (my
second since the poorly attended Presidential
Inauguration late January, 2017). And I find myself
standing beside the women of America.
How was it so many seem to have forgotten
“Leaves of Grass?” Walt Whitman!
But hope – a constellation for Emily Dickinson, and –
that new hope raised by Richard Blanco; that kind
of hope, yes that kind of hope, is in the breast of many
and will be revived, podiums or no. Fight on. Fight on.
Benita H. Kape © 20.1.2016