Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Another Inauguration Poem

FOR OUR NEW PREZ

another Inauguration poem


Got up this morning, doffed my pyjamas


And penned this poem for Barack Obama's


Oodles and oodles of happy fans


Leaping and shouting their "Yes, we can!"s....


"Und so weiters" (Berlin), "et ceterae" (old Rome),


"Et plus encore"s! (Paris)---until I got home


& found that our porridge had been quite et up


By Bushes and Madoffs in Goldilocks get up!


The Bull Market now has turned to a Bear


& the Bankers are saying there's nothing there


For the homeless, the sick and the heart-broken poor


Who patiently stand by the Great Golden Door


That sweet Emma said would be opened to all.


Remember them, Barack, at your Inaugural


& save ‘em a dance at the President’s Ball.


Henry Braun & Jim Watt

1 comment:

irabrowse said...

May I leave an Inaugural Song in response? If someone wants to put a tune to it and YouTube it go right ahead:

Inaugural Song

On November Tuesday a vote shook the ground
America’s voice was once again found
A rainbow nation lifted its word
A rainbow world listened and heard.

Women and men raised up their voice
Give us respect, give us real choice
Give us a world that cares for us all
Realize the words Martin spoke on the Mall.

Out of the night into the street
Came millions of voices, millions of feet
Finding the levers that expressed their will
Showing the dream lives in us still.

Anointing a leader who anointed the crowd
With thoughts formed clear and words spoken loud
This is not my victory, this is not my call
This is the fruit of the strength in us all.

People need leaders, leaders need them
One is the root, one is the stem
Together they produce the flower of man
Together se puede, together we can.

On November Tuesday a vote shook the ground
America’s voice was once again found
A rainbow nation touched a rainbow globe
And after the storm restored the world’s hope.


Ira Chaleff
Written for the inauguration of Barack Obama the day after Martin Luther King Jr Day, 2009