Poetry by Farah Lawal Harris

This Moment in History


i used to think the phrase,
“you can do anything you set your mind to”
was a cliche
until today.
on more days than i could count,
i politely asked God to take me out,
to remove misery from my life
and leave me to die.
today i rejoice because
i am not history,
but here to witness a moment
that is so much bigger than me.
my heart beats out of my chest,
not for the prospect of the future,
but the reality of today.
i thank God for waking me up once more
to see history before me,
for proving cliches right
and for giving me this night
where it was proved to me
that it might be the truth
that whatever it is i set to accomplish,
i can do.

this-moment-in-history

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3 responses

  1. I knew that one day this would happen. Am so glad I get to share it with you, in more ways than one.

    Elizabeth

    November 5, 2008 at 12:29 pm

  2. bomi

    Yup, possibilities are endless, my dear. And today America has given full proof of that to the whole world.

    November 5, 2008 at 4:34 pm

  3. What a historical moment, indeed, and a great poem to express the magnitude.

    November 6, 2008 at 11:58 am

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