Back on October 29, Scott challenged bloggers on Dangerously Irrelevant to write an open letter to the new president. At the time, we didn't know who the new president was going to be-- even if we did pay attention to the polls. I was so inspired by President-Elect Obama's victory and the spontaneous world response to him, that I decided to write my own letter and post it on my blog. So I did.
Then I saw a CNN interview with Maya Angelou who was talking about the Inauguration Poem that she wrote for Bill Clinton called On the Pulse of Morning. She told Wolf Blitzer that she had not (yet) been asked to write an Inauguration Poem for President Obama and that she was pretty sure that she wouldn't be asked... but she was also pretty sure she was going to write one anyway!
Well I write poetry too. And while President-Elect Obama is out finding inspiring Americans to join his cabinet, I have decided to write an Inauguration Poem for his consideration. He can use it if he wants to on Inauguration Day. Or he can use the one that Maya Angelou writes, or the one that you write, or will.i.am's or anybody he chooses. He's the president.
The thing is, my day to post on LeaderTalk is the 20th of each month. (Seems like as the 20th approaches each month my brain starts churning up all kinds of ideas! I LOVE this stuff!!!)
So I am going to hold my Inauguration Poem until January 20... the day that President Obama is sworn in. President Obama will have to wait until that historic day to read it here. You don't have to though. If you want a sneak preview of "I Am Hope: A Poem Upon the Inauguration of America", I posted it on my blog just ahead of my Open Letter to the President.
In the meantime, I'll keep working on my post for the 20th!