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The Poetry of Politics February 7, 2008

Posted by Jason Keath in america, Creative Writing, Life, love, Poem, Poetry, prose, spoken word, Writing.

While that phrase sounds odd, and while everyone has probably seen the will.i.am tribute to Obama’s Yes We Can speech, I still feel the need to mention it. Besides will.i.am, I have counted a dozen or so others online that have already chimed in with their own lyrical “Yes We Can”.

The combination of what has to be some damn good writers, Obama’s undeniable charisma, and a willingness by his campaign to break the mold and not be afraid to inspire people for the sake of inspiration, for the sake of hope – has all combined to create some of the most impactful political speeches since Reagan, since JFK, since King. Whether you agree with his politics or would ever consider voting for him, you have to admit, he inspires.


It was a creed written into the founding documents that declared the destiny of a nation.

Yes we can.

It was whispered by slaves and abolitionists as they blazed a trail toward freedom.

Yes we can.

It was sung by immigrants as they struck out from distant shores and pioneers who pushed westward against an unforgiving wilderness.

Yes we can.

It was the call of workers who organized; women who reached for the ballots; a President who chose the moon as our new frontier; and a King who took us to the mountaintop and pointed the way to the Promised Land.

Yes we can to justice and equality.

Yes we can to opportunity and prosperity.

Yes we can heal this nation.

Yes we can repair this world.

Yes we can.

We know the battle ahead will be long, but always remember that no matter what obstacles stand in our way, nothing can stand in the way of the power of millions of voices calling for change.

We have been told we cannot do this by a chorus of cynics…they will only grow louder and more dissonant ……….. We’ve been asked to pause for a reality check. We’ve been warned against offering the people of this nation false hope.

But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.

Now the hopes of the little girl who goes to a crumbling school in Dillon are the same as the dreams of the boy who learns on the streets of LA; we will remember that there is something happening in America; that we are not as divided as our politics suggests; that we are one people; we are one nation; and together, we will begin the next great chapter in the American story with three words that will ring from coast to coast; from sea to shining sea —
Yes. We. Can.


1. bphearts - February 9, 2008

Great Link –

Hope you’re doing something to feed your creative side during your down time!


2. janetleigh - February 11, 2008

This is what stands out for me, Jason-

“..no matter what obstacles stand in our way, nothing can stand in the way of the power of millions of voices calling for change.”

Thanks so much for your inspiring post, Jason! As Amanda would say, Stay Inspired! \o/

(Hi, Amanda *wave*)

3. grace - March 7, 2008

It seems terribly popular isn’t it! My housemate plays it everyday still :)

4. qazse - March 22, 2008

I haven’t viewed it yet. I plan to. He has already impressed me with his eloquence and vision. He is a leader. This country has been run dry by corporate managers posing as leaders. It is about time we had a person to make the bold step and say “let us work together” and truly mean it. He is not super man, no individual is – but he has the potential to facilitate great things done by us collectively as responsible citizens of this Earth.

I am volunteering with the Obama campaign in Pennsylvania.

5. janetleigh - March 28, 2008

Yoo-hoo, Jason, wherefore art thou?! I be missing u.

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