To mark this day I am sharing with you two poems about hope. The first was written by my friend, Ingrid Goff-Maidoff who as you will see is a beautiful poet and artist. Here is her website if you want to read more or wish to purchase some of her inspirational art.
The second poem was written by me on the occasion of President Obama's Inauguration. I post it today to honor, remember and express gratitude for his leadership, vision and for sharing Michelle Obama with our country. They will be missed.
I hung hope out with the laundry,clothes-pinned tenderly beside a pillowcaseand two sheets.i could tell she needed air-a sweet puff of wind. she needed to get warm againbasking in the sun. After a few hours, I came out with my basket and took her down. We both felt refreshed. She said, "Don't put me in the closet with the sheets.Spread me on your table.Let your guests spill their wine and crumbs of bread. Wash me gently; put me back in the sun. Lay me across your bedso I may warm you in the night. Or put me on the children's bed that I might comfort their dreams. Whatever you do," she said,"include me.It is the only way I can live." -Ingrid Goff-Maidoff
Hope, This Morning's Dream
Hope does not wait for a sign.Hope is the sign: Beckon courage. Soothe fear. Kindle passion. Build resolve. Gather every soul until we are a million strong,until we are enough.Hope moves fire and river and mountain and the weary feet of pilgrims, soldiers, and dancers with tambourines.Hope offers a helping hand, a word a song and a wind at our backs.Hope, fellow traveller, this morning’s dream.Kay Goldstein, Inauguration Day January 20, 2009