“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.”


  1. I love this tribute and the ‘Pulse of the Morning’ – I can hear Maya Angelou voice reading this and remember how I was in awe as she read her poem, amazed at how she captured in words and rhythm the ‘Pulse of the Morning’. I like the beautiful soft light and colors in the photo – the promise of a day like an unopened present, a day unfolding at dawn in the Rocky Mountains. What a lovely tribute. Thanks for sharing

  2. We have hiked so much together that I know how much you appreciate the beauty of this sunrise. I love your metaphor that a new day is like an unopened present. What a gift your words are to me!

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