here it comes, here comes the first day…

november 4th. i felt pretty on top of the world all day. even before the election returns. i had kept my optimism in check, in agreement with Rachel Maddow’s assessment that if you’re a real democrat, you refuse to believe we will succeed until we have. but all day on the 4th i was filled with a reassured energy that we were about to change the world. and ya know what – we did.

here are some photos that reaffirm my belief in this man and his humanity. the rest can be seen here.

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i like the quiet ones the best.

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i can’t even imagine what all this means to these kids. i just know it’s about time.

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this was in the elevator after he won the nomination. all smiles. that finally-you-can-exhale moment.

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like i said, it’s the quiet ones.

november 5th, it was this song.

Stars – In Our Bedroom After The War

Wake up! Say good morning to that sleepy person lying next to you
If there’s no one there, then there’s no one there, but at least the war is over
It’s us – yes, we’re back again, here to see you through, ’til the days end
And if the night comes, and the night will come, well at least the war is over

Lift your head and look out the window
Stay that way for the rest of the day and watch the time go
Listen! The birds sing! Listen! The bells ring!
All the living are dead, and the dead are all living
The war is over and we are beginning…

Gridlock on the parkway now, the television man is here to show you how
The channel fades to snow, it’s off to work you go, but at least the war is over

She’s gone, she left before you woke, as you ate last night, neither of you spoke
Dishes, tv, bed the darkness filled with dread, but at least the war is over

Lift your head and look out the window
Stay that way for the rest of the day and watch the time go
Listen! The birds sing! Listen! The bells ring!
All the living are dead, and the dead are all living
The war is over and we are beginning…

We won, or we think we did, when you went away, you were just a kid
And if you lost it all, and you lost it, we will still be there when the war is over

Lift your head and look out the window
Stay that way for the rest of the day and watch the time go
Listen! The birds sing! Listen! The bells ring!
All the living are dead, and the dead are all living
The war is over and we are beginning…

Here it comes! Here comes the first day! Here it comes! Here comes the first day!
It starts up in our bedroom after the war
After the war! After the war…

yet among all of it, all the celebration and jubilation, all the emotion of watching jesse jackson cry like a baby and the crowds swell with acceptance, there was only a short while of unadulterated joy. ’cause while the crowds cheered in harlem and grant park, the streets were void and quiet in houston. and while one huge wave of change inspired tears of joy, another left us in disbelief.

asher

yet for the first time, i can say that despite all the setbacks…

for the first time i have faith in something, and genuine pride for my country.

and i know that eventually we shall overcome.

“In the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.”

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