the Ashes We Arise
Poem by Diana Henderson
In Honor of the Inauguration of Barack Obama
and in Remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
January 20, 2009
words do justice to an unjust past
on this day let all souls speak
sacrifices never forgotten,
aching, bodies bruised, breaking, buried,
whose courage paved the passage,
spirits strong, hope and faith undying,
in the light of a new day.
stand hushed in reverent remembrance,
the King who electrified the dream
blazed into our minds the vision of what could be,
prospect of peace, the promise of equality.
who fought and died stand with us today unseen,
and cries of joy unheard,
their spirits rejoice to witness this beginning
together, hand in hand, we take one step into a new age.
2009 Diana Henderson
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