hope and history

As I wrote yesterday, this week is so busy – but I just HAD to share a few things to remember yesterday – Inauguration Day – which ended up being a beautiful day, without incident, filled with joy and hope and goodness.

We saw the Inauguration of President Biden and Vice President Harris – yes, Madam Vice President ❤ – and we heard voices of hope and unity.

I don’t have the words to describe our Youth Poet Laureate, Amanda Gorman. ❤

Her stunning poem – and hearing President Biden speaking of coming together and having faith and listening to each other and solving problems – were what my heart needed.

Later in the evening, the Inaugural Celebration, Celebrating America, featured so many amazing performances and thoughts from the President and Vice President as well.

One thing really resonated with me, though, and it’s what I most want to share here.

Lin-Manuel Miranda gave a reading of President Biden’s favorite Seamus Heaney poem, The Cure Of Troy, the poem that the President quoted in his Inaugural speech.

It speaks to my heart in so many ways and I think it’s perfect to remember the day.

THE CURE OF TROY

Human beings suffer.

They torture one another.

They get hurt and get hard.

No poem or play or song

Can fully right a wrong

Inflicted and endured.

History says, Don’t hope

On the side of the grave,

 But then, once in a lifetime

 The longed for tidal wave

Of justice can rise up

And hope and history rhyme.

So hope for a great sea-change

On the far side of revenge.

Believe that a further shore

Is reachable from here.

Believe in miracles.

And cures and healing wells.

Call miracle self-healing,

The utter self revealing

Double-take of feeling.

If there’s fire on the mountain

And lightening and storm

And a god speaks from the sky

That means someone is hearing

The outcry and the birth-cry

Of new life at its term.

It means once in a lifetime

That justice can rise up

And hope and history rhyme.

– Seamus Heaney

May hope and history rhyme.

Be well, everybody. Take care of yourselves and each other.

Grace and Blessings.

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