I walked downtown today--that is, uptown, as in beautiful Uptown Normal--in order to hear the speeches at the opening ceremony for the new transportation center. I admired the collaboration and dedication and excellent planning it took to build Uptown Station and renovate our little town.
There we all stood--important people (well, they were sitting), townspeople, the media, and union laborers in orange shirts--listening to the congratulatory, grateful, and inspiring speeches of our town mayor, Amtrak's board chairman, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Senator Dick Durbin. It was joyful, respectful, and bipartisan! You can read about it or watch a video here, via local radio station WJBC.
There was a rumor that President Obama might be there--he was invited to this event back in April--but he wasn't, unless they were hiding him inside the station, to go on the first tour of the station's interior with the other important people. But I think the Secret Service we saw at the event was there for the Senator and the Transportation Secretary. President Obama was there in praises and applause and the stimulus package.
In poetry news, my poem "Goodwill," a valentine to Martin Luther King, Jr., about the civil rights movement, arrived in the mail, inside Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley. I am glad and grateful any time I can "express the inexpressible" in a poem that finds its true readers. Today, I am thinking of public transportation and am glad again to have that poem "The Human Community" in Glass: A Journal of Poetry.