Sunday Poetry: “One sun rose on us today…”

Welcome to Sunday Poetry. If this is your first visit you can read about the purpose and inspiration of my Sunday poetry blogs here.

I was inspired by the poem, “One Today,” written and read by the young poet Richard Blanco at President Obama’s Inauguration on Monday. For me it captures the essence of who and what we are as a country. Here you can either listen to or read it — or both.  What does America mean to you?

Remember, we read poetry together here for the pure pleasure of the experience. There are no quizzes, no right ways to read or contemplate the poem we share. Absolutely no dissecting allowed. Just come along for the “read.” What line, word or thought will you carry with you this week? If you’d like to tell us where the poem took you? We’ll listen.


  1. Michelle on January 27, 2013 at 10:34 am

    I thought this poem was wonderful. We are so divided as a nation right now reminders that we are all in this together as one is very timely.

    • Emilie Richards on January 27, 2013 at 10:48 am

      That’s exactly what I thought. I can’t quite understand the criticism.

  2. Lucy Golden on January 27, 2013 at 11:45 am

    I didn’t pay much attention to the poem on Monday. I just caught little snippets, but reading it now, it’s wonderful! I could see his images in my mind perfectly & what a delightful picture it painted.

    The line, “the unexpected song bird on your clothes line.” was so vivid in my minds eye; it made me smile.

  3. Beverly on January 27, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    This poem touched me. The images of life in America, the representation of the every day people, struggling and buliding together. I loved it!

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