Poet Richard Blanco reads a poem for President Obama's second inauguration. Blanco is the first Hispanic and openly gay man to read the inaugural poem.
What a day!
I don't know about you, but I watched every second of the coverage of the inauguration. And, truthfully, among the highlights of a day that celebrated not only President Obama's inauguration and all of the tradition, history and history setting significance, but also the celebration of Martin Luther King's incalculable contribution to making our country's dream more of a reality, it was almost more of an emotional rollercoaster than this child of the 60's could handle without shedding a tear or two.
It is my hope that whether one is entirely happy or not about the reelection of President Obama, that we are all reminded that we do share the quite admirable nature of our founding fathers' and mothers' dreams, many realized and many yet to be realized.
But this is a Reading About Reading blog, and I must say that I was also brought to tears by the incredible beauty of Richard Blancos inaugural poem.
How many dreams of equality for all were represented by this child of Cuban exiles, born in Spain, immigrant to the United States, bi-lingual, poet?
And did you know that he had ot just a solid STEM Education graduating from Florida International University with a degree in Civil Engineering, but also a solid STEAM Education in that he then earned a Master's degree in Creative Writing.
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... and then ask yourself, if there is a benefit in literary reading in its ability to stir our hearts that is every bit as important as the benefit of informational reading's ability to inform us through its provision of reliable informed truth.
Had the poem not been part of the inauguration, had we been instead given an infomational speech listing the facts delineating the common denominators within the variable elements of our diversity, I just don't quite believe that so many would have been moved to pay attention or to be so motivated to believe in hope during difficult times.
We must read to inform our minds AND to fill our hearts.