Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Air and Simple Gifts

That moment when the camera turns and we see the a flock of white birds sweep gently past the capital building while hearing this music played by a uniquely American quartet sums up so much of what I feel about this frabjous day. That, and seeing all the beautiful faces of those people standing shoulder to shoulder in the Washington Mall and watching the joy in the streets and all around the world. (1)

'Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free,

"'Tis the gift to come down where you ought to be,

"And when we find ourselves in the place just right,

"'Twill be in the valley of love and delight."

Blessings on you and your family, Mr. President. Do good work.

Happy America, folks


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Elemental Blessings

May he be blessed with with far sight of hawk
who flies both high and far
but never forgets the way home.
May the winds carry his words,
uplifting all who hear them.
May he draw strength from the earth,
and from his own, deep roots
and may these simple gifts
keep him strong and connected.
May his strong passion for knowledge and wisdom
be strengthened by the fires of freedom,
bravely tended by those who went before,
and rekindled by all of us standing together this day.
May compassion, tolerance
and deep tides of understanding flow through him like water.
May he ride out the storms that come in safety,
while guiding us all to safe harbor,
ensuring a better future for all our children
and the renewal of a dream.

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