"In today’s sharp sparkle, this winter air, anything can be made, any sentence begun."
--Elizabeth Alexander, from her Inaugural poem, "Praise Song for the Day"
As I sat, rapt, during Obama's stirring Inaugural address, I couldn't help but notice the way the light hit the American flag pin on his lapel. Every once in a while, the sun would shoot off the metal in radiant beams, like something from a comic book or maybe religious iconography. Today's sharp sparkle, embodied. The promise of a shimmering new beginning. The restoration of glimmer to our shared stars and stripes.
"On the brink, on the brim, on the cusp -- praise song for walking forward in that light."