Jamaican Poetry: I live in a time (Barack Obama Poem)

With his family by his side, Barack Obama is s...

With his family by his side, Barack Obama is sworn in as the 44th president of the United States by Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts, Jr. in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2009. More than 5,000 men and women in uniform are providing military ceremonial support to the presidential inauguration, a tradition dating back to George Washington’s 1789 inauguration. VIRIN: 090120-F-3961R-919 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By: Denise N. Fyffe.
Copyright © 2014, Denise N. Fyffe

I live in a time,
When man is unshackled;
Unshackled from his past,
Unshackled from his mental slavery.
I live in a time,
When men choose black and not white;
I live in a time,
When what lies were told, can no longer hold us.
I live in a time,
When what was thought impossible,
Will live in the ‘White Castle’;

This western world shall surely observe,
As this man will live and serve;
No more limits shall be set in stone,
No more ancestors cry and moan.
In this time,
They cry with elation,
In this time,
They see a black man rule a nation;
In this time,
We see a man who in another life,
Would be called ‘boy’;
Though brave and empowered we now stand,
As a black man chants ‘Yes we can’.

The Doctor who is King, did not live to see,
This multicultural nation become,
His-story.

(Written for President Barack Obama’s presidency)

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