Tuesday, January 20, 2009

I, too, sing America.

I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.

Tomorrow,
I'll be at the table
When company comes.
Nobody'll dare
Say to me,
"Eat in the kitchen,"
Then.

Besides,
They'll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed--

I, too, am America.

-Langston Hughes

Whether you're sad and scared, joyful and hopeful, or a little bit of both today, this is a milestone that needed to be reached before real healing from a shameful era could begin. What a day.

3 comments:

hen said...

I can't imagine what it must be like in America at the moment. What an incredible amount of possibilities and hope.

Here's hoping he's not going to be too tied up in red tape and lobbyists to achieve what he said he wants to achieve.

Goodluck America.

hen
x

green said...

Nice bit of poetry...

linky to the poet:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Langston_Hughes

Sarah said...

Hen, in some parts of the country, it was celebratory, in other - very small - spots it was sober.

TBH, I'm not real hopeful about him accomplishing much in the areas that are important to me personally, like GMOs (he hired a pro-GMO guy as his Sec of Agriculture). I'm not sure how quickly he can or will get us out of Iraq, he seems to be motivated to do so and he's already made steps towards closing Gitmo, so that's good. Sigh. Politics. It makes even optimists cynical.

Green, thanks for the link! I really liked the poem. I just hope that having a black president doesn't make people put racism in the background and say "There. We solved that." It's a step, not the end.