Inauguration Poem by Kayleen Asbo
There are shadows looming, and fears of war
Nightmares about belonging and safety and
Anxiety over whether hate will reign.
But this has always been the case in the world.
There have also always been moments
of astonishing courage and connection
And people of extraordinary decency and integrity
Bravely listening to a different drummer
to find a pathway to hope and unity and peace.
Amidst the storms and thunderbolts that rattle this winter sky,
there are still rainbows
And the lush green grass reaching for a glimpse of the sun
And the yellow roses glazed with rain blooming with radiance
when least expected
Let us be like them--
No matter what comes, stretching out our souls for the light
Unfurling our magnificence against the broad expanse of sky
Reaching for the possibilities of hope that always, always
Are there for the plucking.