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Emancipation

I was at 652 when the votes rolled down like a mighty river

Old Man River

Let us gather at the river where bright angel feet have trod

Between the brats and the coleslaw

Hot dogs lie limp in their pinky juice the old familiar chip and dip

And beer let me get you a beer

How many times have we been here, hoping,

Never stop believing in the ultimate perfection of man

Familiar place of joy and sorrow, rallies and speeches, so much

Over so many years, it never changes,

Walls hang with dead old heroes in Big Frames,

Robert, Martin, and John, Walter Reuther and Sam Fishman

Working faces look up and see Wolf at the door

Tenured East Lansing liberals and UAW, rubbing shoulders,

Faux foofoo and grease under the fingernails,

Ideologues and working stiffs,

And a few of the usual suspects hang out for the excitement

CNN we gotta have it, tell it like it is

Oh, God Almighty, Praise Jesus, Never thought I'd see the day,

Is is real?

And me from Whiteytown bear witness, bear witness,

Wolf, you keep on talking

And I held her tight as she shook and tears flowed like a river down

Her black face; collapsing on me, melting, human, what should I do

But hold her tight and wonder at what have I seen

In this old place and in this time

Elinor Holbrook

May, 2010


 

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Very nice poem. I haven't seen many poems written describing this event. I think that you did a good job of describing the assortment of people involved whose interests seem to somehow intersect, including the allusions to christianity. You...

Very nice poem. I haven't seen many poems written describing this event. I think that you did a good job of describing the assortment of people involved whose interests seem to somehow intersect, including the allusions to christianity. You captured it well.

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Joshua Hennen
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Thanks, Joshua. I felt that the old hymn stanzas fit the circumstances as those are hymns that have sustained black people in their quest for emancipation. I view Obama's election as a new form of emancipation.
I am new to writing poetry and...

Thanks, Joshua. I felt that the old hymn stanzas fit the circumstances as those are hymns that have sustained black people in their quest for emancipation. I view Obama's election as a new form of emancipation.
I am new to writing poetry and appreciate your comments.
Elinor

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eholbrook
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The elegance of your verse is equal to the topic. Thank you. Will you be sharing more with us? I hope so.

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