January 5, 2011

Bill Nemitz: Inaugural time in rhyme from the mind of a poet

By Bill Nemitz bnemitz@pressherald.com

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All due respect, Mr. Longfellow, I don't think it's going to be that simple. We still have that massive budget deficit staring us in the face. Do you really think Gov. LePage can balance the budget and still meet the needs of the truly needy without raising taxes?

HWL: How busily each passing hour

Should we exert that magic power.



Magic power? I'm thinking hardball politics.

HWL: In this world, a man must either be anvil or hammer.



No doubt. The Legislature may look like a bipartisan place now, but this session has a middle-of-the-night budget showdown written all over it, don't you think?

HWL: Between the dark and the daylight,

When the night is beginning to lower,

Comes a pause in the day's occupations,

That is known as the Children's Hour.



Kind of makes you wonder what Maine will look like when it's all over, doesn't it?

HWL: All things must change

To something new, to something strange.



Well, Mr. Longfellow, I sure wish you could get off that big chair up there and share your pearls of wisdom directly with the folks in Augusta. What would you tell them if you had the chance?

HWL: Thou, too, sail on,

O Ship of State! Sail on, O Union, strong and great!

Humanity with all its fears,

With all the hopes of future years,

Is hanging breathless on thy fate!


And any parting words for Governor LePage and his Cabinet?

HWL: Being all fashioned of the self-same dust,

Let us be merciful as well as just.


Columnist Bill Nemitz can be contacted at 791-6323 or at: bnemitz@mainetoday.com


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