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Praise Song for the Day
by Elizabeth Alexander
Each day we go about our business,
All about us is noise. All about us is
Someone is stitching up a hem, darning
Someone is trying to make music somewhere,
A woman and her son wait for the bus.
We encounter each other in words, words
We cross dirt roads and highways that mark
I know there's something better down the road.
Say it plain: that many have died for this day.
picked the cotton and the lettuce, built
Praise song for struggle, praise song for the day.
Some live by Love thy neighbor as thy self,
Love beyond marital, filial, national,
In today's sharp sparkle, this winter air,
praise song for walking forward in that light.
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