Voices on the Wind Voices of Protest
Instead of a Poem for Inauguration Day by David Chorlton Let someone meditate with all the nation watching. Let someone be seen to look inward. Between the fanfare and the public prayer let someone sit cross legged and recall what has been done in all our names. Keep poetry out of this. The art of speaking truth to power canít translate into speaking for power as truth. Let someone contemplate the way of handshakes and whispers masquerading as democracy, but donít ask poetry to mark the occasion. It has a reputation to uphold. Let someone hold a blank sheet of paper to say the poem that would have appeared here would never have been allowed to be read with so many listening. It would have been too graphic, too honest, too intent on seeking justice. It would have spoiled the day. Let silence ring.