Monday, January 26, 2009

E. Ethelbert Miller Connects Right Dots on "Praise Song for the Day"

I'm not going to explain anything here because the explanation's at E. Ethelbert Miller's blog post on the inaugural poem "Praise Song for the Day" by Elizabeth Alexander (text and video). He skillfully connects the dots between President Obama's inaugural address (text and video) and Alexander's poem, but more than that he wonders why no one's comparing the poem to the Gil Scott-Heron classic, "Winter in America."

Winter in America
By Gil Scott-Heron

And now it's winter
Winter in America
Yes and all of the healers have been killed
Or sent away, yeah
But the people know, the people know
It's winter
Winter in America
And ain't nobody fighting
'Cause nobody knows what to say
Save your soul, Lord knows
From Winter in America

The Constitution
A noble piece of paper
With free society
Struggled but it died in vain
And now Democracy is ragtime on the corner
Hoping for some rain
Look like it's hoping
Hoping for some rain

(Gil-Scott Heron, 1974)

1 comment:

Lovebabz said...

Oh...Gill Scott Heron...DIVINE!