Thursday, December 11, 2008

O Bárack! my Bárack!

"At night, before we'd go to sleep, Jack liked to play some records;
and the song he loved most came at the end of this record. The lines
he loved to hear were: Don't let it be forgot, that once there was
a spot, for one brief shining moment that was known as Camelot.

There'll be great Presidents again - but they'll never be another Camelot again."

from Theodore White's interview of Jacqueline Kennedy
in the December 6, 1963 issue of LIFE magazine

O Bárack! my Bárack! the battle-first is done,
A Camelot may never be again, but the White House race is won.
Rise up—you have the gift—to open this century's Frontier,
A millennial land still unexplored with hope instead of fear:
       Take heart, Bárack!
          The fear-ing nip at your heels,
             And try to rip the silver throat of yours,
                Above the presidential seal.

O Bárack! my Bárack! you've restored our future's zest
To value Human worth again over Neocons' failed quest,
And science, too, unfettered, will once again be treasured
Over medieval-agèd religion's fundamentalists' strict measure:
       Hear Bárack! Bárack!
             With your deft mind and hand
               Construct the edifice that withstands the storm
                  And not castle in the sand.

for read write poem prompt #56, panageric poems  (other poems)