South Carolina Poet Laureate, Marjory Wentworth, wrote a poem to be read at our state governor’s inauguration yesterday: “One River One Boat“. Unlike previous years, this year’s inaugural committee decided not to include the poem citing time as the issue.
“One River One Boat” deserves to be heard. South Carolina’s US Congressman Jim Clyburn read it on the US House floor yesterday admitting it into congressional record. Another of my state’s citizens, Brenda Peart,
was moved to do her own reading of the poem.
Thank you, Rep. Clyburn. Thank you, Brenda. Thank you, Marjory.
One River, One Boat
I know there’s something better down the road.
— Elizabeth Alexander
Because our history is a knot
we try to unravel, while others
try to tighten it, we tire easily
and fray the cords that bind us.
The cord is a slow moving river,
spiraling across the land
in a succession of S’s,
splintering near the sea.
Marjorie Wentworth is a lovely writer.
My favorite is Dancing Barefoot in Atlanta (pg. 49).
Her website features her poetry, blog, and reflections on being a writer.