I wanted to call attention to the question being asked at the beginning of this pack filled brilliant poem:: “Where can I find the light in this never ending shade…” and the poem moves on rhythmically until we get to the penultimate: The new dawn blooms as we free it There is always light if we only are brave enough to see it and If we are only brave enough to be it.
Today’s mainstream poetry barely touches upon the integrity, vibrancy, hopefulness, insightfulness, a deep resounding call to rise for goodness, and intensity as this poem. I am so happy to see a poem like this at this time in history. It seems Amanda Gorman has more of a handle on America’s meltdown than any other leaders I have seen; well, at least since Trump was in office and a Governor spoke up against the President’s inactions when all mayhem ensued. The Governor was great, but this poem is just so beautiful and she is just so beautiful as well. I love her colorful yellow/gold jacket seemingly mirroring the poem’s intention and attention on the “light.”
A friend shared a link to this video, so I was taken back when I heard it. It was as if finally I heard the words of verse move people, including myself in ways I have never experienced. It was the first time, in a long time, the poem meant something and rang the bells of when Poets actually made a difference. No doubt, a hundred years ago, poetry was a craft and seemingly a political statement if you liked one Poet over another. Surely, Frost and Whitman just to name a few experienced the joy of making a difference for the better, but also experienced the moments when readers turned away and then went to the other end, like when Whitman went into hiding essentially. Well, thank goodness we finally have a woman, a black woman recite one of the best inspiring poems written in this past year, 2020. She swept away the rage and hate and planted seeds of hope, love, peace, compassion, empathy, justice, right v. wrong, new beginnings, and a bright future when America needs it the most. God bless her and I am so grateful to hear this address to the new President and all of the citizens of the United States.
What can compare to this love? What could stand a chance against the glory and grace of God, and my King? That small crescent of the sun on the sea’s horizon at the break of dawn — // Bringing an entire day of light to the land — the ocean pulling the incoming day. This is where my love is and my tide rises with him, as the sun and I become morning.
God’s Children, Flip Book: This is a book of Children Poems I wrote and was illustrated by my daughter, Dahlia. The book consists of Sonnets, Hymns, Villanelles, Ballads, (Heroic) Couplets, Epigrams, Heterometric Rhymes, Odes, Biblical Free Verse, and other Forms of poetry, including ranges of prosody. It is appropriate for all ages.
It is mostly rhyming poetry and Christian based. Surely, I have not taken my verse to the Pulpit. Instead, I have composed contemporary poetry written for children with the message and fibers of Christian faith with its joy, kindness, peace and love with one’s self and others.
When you click on the link and flip through the pages, you may have to wait a minute for the images to upload. (Depending on your internet connection.) I hope you enjoy the book and I hope it inspires some of our children to enact on their own creative endeavors. It brought me great joy working with my daughter creating this book and I am super proud of her. The book was written for my daughter, and I also hope that every child knows how precious and sacred they are.