What if the mightiest word is love? / Love beyond marital, filial, national, / love that casts a widening pool of light, / love with no need to pre-empt grievance. / In today’s sharp sparkle, this winter air, / any thing can be made, any sentence begun. / On the brink, on the brim, on the cusp, / praise song for walking forward in that light. - Elizabeth Alexander, “Praise Song for the Day” (A Poem for Barack Obama’s Presidential Inauguration)
This poem, ending with these words, opened today’s Multicultural Educators Forum, hosted annually by The Fenn School. We were invited to reflect on it quietly to ourselves, and in that silence, I committed myself once again to the twin importance of acting out of love and ensuring we are not merely walking in that light but are genuinely walking forward in that light.