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Democracy Now! Alice Walker - Inaugural Poem
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AMY GOODMAN: Poet Elizabeth Alexander, reading her poem Praise Song for the Day on Inauguration Day at the ceremony.

On Tuesday, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and poet Alice Walker joined me to co-host Democracy Now!s special inaugural coverage. Associated Press had asked Alice Walker for an inaugural poem. She read it on our broadcast. She calls it The World Has Changed.

ALICE WALKER: A poem honoring the people who dont believe this is happening. I wanted to write a poem for the people who are still saying, Oh, no, this cant happen, you know, because all along the line of this struggle to get Barack Obama to the White House, people feared that something awful would happen to him, and so many people hold so many angers and pains that they just cant believe today. So this is a poem for the people who basically dont believe that its happening. Its called The World Has Changed.

The World Has Changed:

Wake up & smell
The possibility.
The world
Has changed:
It did not
Change
Without
Your prayers
Without
Your faith
Without
Your determination
To
Believe
In liberation
&
Kindness;
Without
Your
Dancing
Through the years
That
Had
No
Beat.
The world has changed:
It did not
Change
Without
Your
Numbers
Your
Fierce
Love
Of self
&
Cosmos
It did not
Change
Without
Your
Strength.
The world has
Changed:
Wake up!
Give yourself
The gift
Of a new
Day.
The world has changed:
This does not mean that
You were never
Hurt.
The world
Has changed:
Rise!
Yes
&
Shine!
Resist the siren
Call
Of
Disbelief.
The world has changed:
Dont let
Yourself
Remain
Asleep
To
It.


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