Follow

Remembering Frost at Kennedy’s Inauguration

Even the flags seemed frozen
to their poles, and the men
stamping their well-shod feet
resembled an army of overcoats.

But we were young and fueled
by hope, our ardor burned away
the cold. We were the president’s,
and briefly the president would be ours.

The old poet stumbled
over his own indelible words,
his breath a wreath around his face:
a kind of prophecy.

BY LINDA PASTAN

:logo_poetryfoundation: poetryfoundation.org/poems/529

· · Web · 1 · 0 · 0

A Note from the Editor

60 years ago today, John F. Kennedy was inaugurated as the 35th President of the United States. Robert Frost became the first poet to read at a US inaugural ceremony, reading his poem "The Gift Outright" from memory, after he was unable to read a poem he wrote for the occasion. Today, the young poet Amanda Gorman will be reading a poem at President Joe Biden's inauguration. In 2014 Gorman was named the first Youth Poet Laureate of Los Angeles...

Sign in to participate in the conversation
粉橙紅 🍊 v3.0

THE COCTEAU TWINS, PHOTO SESSION. CIRCA 1990'S BY PAUL COX.