Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Barack Obama : American President

A Letter from Keith Donovan, Artist living in France, arrived this morning :

You'll no doubt laugh at this story, but yesterday I went as usual on my bike to the vegetable farmer a few miles away, around 4:30. It'd been a lovely day but some dark gray clouds were blowing up in the eastern sky. The sun was low in the west and lit up an immense rainbow that went in a full arc, touching the ground on both ends. It was full, vibrant and bright and, after going through a long field with it on my left I turned into it, driving my bicycle into the rainbow. Such a strange, lovely thing to drive into a rainbow. I thought to DH Lawrence of course, the bible of course, and even Jesse Jackson of all people. But I thought mostly of "Hopey" and his campaign symbol and couldn't help laughing and thinking how did David Plouffe do that! – Best, Keith

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Waiting for the polls to close

To the daughter, born in the late eighties
who voted with me this early morning, her
first election, and now, this evening, several
states away, watching the returns at a
neighborhood bar with the rest of
New York City and even the world, know

You have done your part, you have been
the best that this country has to offer,
the lightness of your step, the voice, the
smile gently wagging at the corners of your
mouth. You have born us again, those of us
who’ve lived to see trust wither and our
once-bright eyes grow milky with doubt,
carrying in your own the conscience of
a nation, the purity of its intentions, the
humble faith, and in one bold stroke
of the pen you have made for the rest of us
a world more decent, more pure, more
humble than any of us had the heart
to re-imagine.