A New Tomorrow
America is a land full of opportunity and freedom. People seek to live out their dreams when moving to this beautiful country and that is exactly what Richard Blanco did as he read his poem, “One Today,” for president Obama’s second inauguration. Blanco was the first Cuban-American that was an openly gay poet presenting his text infront of the whole nation. His poem takes us through a day in the life of an American from sunrise to sunset, incorporating our similar daily experiences into his poem. It exposes America’s geographical features, different cities, scenery and the tragedies that we have all experienced as a nation together. He is trying to make a point that we are all united and whole. Whether it be exposed to “one light,” or look up to “one sky,” regardless of our roots, the message that he is portraying in his poem is that we are all equal. This poem specifically opens a new door for our nation and reminds us of our roots, as we re-elect our African American president.
The American people would not normally expect a gay Latino to present his poem at the presidents inauguration and that is the beauty of it. Granted the opportunity to write a poem for this occasion, Blanco went above and beyond gracefully telling us a story. This poem explains that no matter where we are, what story we have to tell, which coast we subside in, that we are all united. We all live under the same sky so background, race, and orientation should not matter. Blanco brings up how his family was part of the working class, “hands as worn as my father’s cutting sugarcane so my brother and I could have books and shoes” (p, 4). This line stood out to me because he is touching on a more personal experience explaining that his parents worked hard for him to get where he is right now which is essentially the American dream. Foreigners from all around the world come here and work hard for a brighter future.
Blanco’s background makes a statement just as much as the...
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