January 29, 2011

State of the Union Poetry, Part 1

The debates have been contentious;
we have fought fiercely for our beliefs.
And that's a good thing

Amid all the noise
and passions
and rancor.

We are part of the American family.
We believe that in a country
we are still bound together as one people

We share common hopes and a common creed;
That, too, is what sets us apart
as a nation.

What comes of this moment is up to us.
We will move forward together
or not at all.

Change is hard.
The change has been painful. I've seen it
in the shuttered windows and the vacant storefronts
of once busy Main Streets.

I’ve heard it in the frustrations of
proud men and women who feel
like the rules have been changed.

What do you think of that idea?
What would you change about the world?
What do you want to be when you grow up?

Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
We must never forget that the things
we've struggled for, and fought for,
live in the hearts of people everywhere.

And we must always remember that
the Americans who have borne the greatest burden
are the men and women who serve our country.

And we know that some of them are gay.