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Shine

Two moments on Inauguration Day focused on light. Feeling light. Focusing on the light instead of the darkness. Being light — literally. It’s a challenge through dark times to find the cracks where the light gets in. It’s a challenge dealing with people who willfully choose the darkness. It’s a challenge to not let your own light be extinguished by them, or the times, or the feeling that progress is stunted, or glacial, or nonexistent.

But the light persists.

As long as there are those who keep it aflame, it always will. Count me among them.


It’s rare, the poet that can make me stand up and cheer. I was but one of many. Thank you, Amanda Gorman.

There is always light…. if only we’re brave enough to see it…. if only we’re brave enough to be it….

 

It IS often I stand up and cheer after a Broadway show (in the COVID Before Times, I mean). Seeing this performance of two amazingly powerful songs, though, still has me dancing.

LET THE SUNSHINE IN!


P.S. Can we please increase our funding for the arts and humanities? Listen to these two things and tell me they don’t matter enough to bother trying harder to keep them alive and in schools.

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2 Comments

  1. Amanda Gorman’s poem has set the tone for Biden’s time in office. I’ve always liked quotes that talk about light, so this young woman resonated with me, both her words and her recitation.

  2. It was also a nice reminder that the light people aren’t alone, which I sometimes forget. And if she’s representative of the youth, we’re headed in a good direction in the future.

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