Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The Poem

Richard Blanco, son of Cuban exiles (as the Miami Herald is noting), read a poem at the inauguration yesterday.


The tradition of reading a poem at the inauguration goes back at least to Robert Frost in 1961 at the ceremony for John F. Kennedy.  As a creative writer, it is nice to see that the tradition is continued, giving the words of the poet the same stage as the prayers, the music, and the official oration.

Here is the poem in its entirety.