“On the Pulse of Morning”

“On the Pulse of Morning” was written by writer and poet Maya Angelou.  With her recent passing, I wanted to honor her legacy by including some of this poem written for President Clinton’s first inauguration in 1993.  The themes of the poem are change, inclusion, responsibility and the role of citizens in creating economic security.  These symbols are relevant for my beloved town of Lyons as we move forward with our recovery from the September flood.   May Ms. Angelou’s words uplift our community and inspire us all to accept change and move forward, with responsibility, to create our new destiny.

“Today, the Rock cries out to us, clearly, forcefully,

Come, you may stand upon my back and face your distant destiny… 

…The horizon leans forward,
Offering you space to place new steps of change.
Here, on the pulse of this fine day
You may have the courage
To look up and out upon me,
The rock, the river, the tree, your country…

…Here on the pulse of this new day
You may have the grace to look up and out
And into your sister’s eyes,
Into your brother’s face, your country
And say simply

Very simply
With hope
Good morning.”

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These flowers are located on the side of a church in Lyons.  I have been seeing them every day for a few weeks and they make me happy with delight with each new viewing.  I soon realized that I started hearing myself sing the lyrics to the recent popular song by Pharrell Williams titled: “Happy” when I was walking by these flowers.  So, I offer you this song and delight for your day with these happy flowers.

“It might seem crazy what I’m about to say

Sunshine she’s here, you can take a break

I’m a hot air balloon that could go to space

With the air, like I don’t care baby by the way 

Because I’m happy

Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof

Because I’m happy

Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth

Because I’m happy

Clap along if you know what happiness is to you

Because I’m happy

Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do…”

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