Friday, August 29, 2008

McCain Chooses Palin as Running Mate

McCain Chooses Palin as Running Mate

for a country
still wrapping its head around the idea of
the dark dynamic son of a hippie and a goat herder
waking up to the beauty queen hunter mom
was a jolt
a shock smacking of desperation
filling women with conflicted feelings
about the blatant pitch to Hillaryland

by November
we will still be trying to find out who she is
and she will still be asking
what a vice president does
while practicing how to spell potato

has she even been to the Georgia in the U.S.?
an inner city?
a fish fry?
a cornfield?
a black church?
a synagogue?
a war zone?

she was good at basketball
but can she handle the nuclear football?

could this be the woman a 72-year-old heartbeat away?

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Obama Is Nominated by Acclamation

Obama Is Nominated by Acclamation

i didn't think i would be as emotional
as i was
but then again
there were many days i thought this couldn't happen
and many years where i dared not dream it

years of being young and being told
i could be anything i wanted to be
and yet knowing that there was an
invisible asterisk
on the word
the asterisk of black/afro/negro/colored
the asterisk of
when i said anything i didn't mean that --
surely you must know that will never happen

and now this darker-than-me
child of a hippie and a goat herder
is the representative of the party of
Kennedy and Roosevelt
and even Clinton

and while once i dared not dream
now i dare not stop dreaming