Today

-in many ways-

a day

like any other;

but we remember

another

day on this date

years ago

that changed our fate

forever.

When a plain city girl

fetched

a friend of a friend

from the airport,

and that friend of a friend

was a plain country boy

from a rural African village;

and that city girl

and that country boy

fell fast and deep,

headlong

together.

And through all kinds of storms

we’ve walked

hand-in-hand

as one,

encircled by beautiful children,

strong well-rooted trees

whose boughs reach toward heaven.

How blessed –

we!

⁃ who celebrate today,

a day

years ago

when a city girl

and a country boy

embraced

and discovered

another world.

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NaPoWriMo
Day Twenty-Five

Prompt: Write an “occasion” poem. What’s that? Well, it’s a poem suited to, or written for, a particular occasion. This past January, lots of people who usually don’t encounter poetry got a dose when Amanda Gorman read a poem at President Biden’s inauguration.