Poem: Terms of Office by Grace Cavalieri

Poem: Terms of Office by Grace Cavalieri

Photo credit: Carlos Gallostra Wolf Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse January 2019. Photo taken from Miami.

Photo credit: Carlos Gallostra Wolf Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse January 2019. Photo taken from Miami.

Terms of Office

for Lawrence J. Hogan, Jr.  January 16, 2019

 

May our Governor hear the language of the people

as terms of his office. 

“Language” simply means many people

 Have come together to make words.

There are nearly 100,000 words in the English language

I’ve chosen exactly 246, but I want to shine them up  

To speak about a man serving in high office; 

A man who will walk by the beautiful waters

Of our bays, rivers, rivulets;

One who continues with inner strength

Clearing new paths with elasticity for every kind among us—

Who knows love and hope are not holiday greetings

But governing principles—

A man aspirational for humanity.

Language always leads us to the soul of each matter,

And today it rinses words clean, renewing meaning:    

Independence of thought

An honorable nature

Clear vision

Calm in the eye of national storms.

From the rich bottom lands of southern Maryland

To the forested hills of our western state—

From the dynamic energy of northern Maryland

To his own hometown—

May our Governor’s inner spirit seek compassion before action, 

May his wisdom see that the heart’s choice dictates the mind’s decisions,

May he be rewarded with radiant pride for his integrity.

In speaking of success, Ralph Waldo Emerson said: 

“Each one has an aptitude to do easily some feat impossible to any other

And to do otherwise undermines the talents of all others.”

May Governor Hogan be rewarded with radiant pride for his integrity.

 

Grace Cavalieri
Maryland Poet Laureate

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