“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