Inauguration happened.
a rare moment of joy
that birthed a calm.

And a nation found its breath.
Four years happened
and lessons were learned.

God heard our voices
over the chaos
of well orchestrated mayhem.

The nation bore
a great shame
carried by storm.

We the people stood brave,
our spirits strong,
our souls willing.

We saw ourselves,
only now able
to understand

our history
and see
our tomorrows.


Janet Cormier is a painter, writes prose and poetry, and performs comedy. JC prefers different and original over pretty. She loves collecting stuff, but cleaning not so much. Janet also talks to strangers. A lot. Her column appears weekly on Oddball Magazine.