poetry by j matthew waters

past & present on center stage

how dare I dwell on past
atrocities & injustices
inflicted on one’s people
by the fears of another
where history books are
whitewashed & rewritten
as if none of it was murderous
none of it problematic today

yes I did listen & later read
the great inaugural poem
finding myself applauding
and shedding a tear for hope
having no idea about her
background story or ambitions
or how the grace of god
had brought her to center stage

january two thousand twenty-one
copyright j matthew waters
all rights reserved

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4 thoughts on “past & present on center stage

  1. poem and delivery magnificent – highlight of ceremony

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