A Local Perspective on Life in Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan.

A Page Out of History

A poem by Ellen Talleon, resident of Tsukuba, in honour of Barack Obama’s inauguration as President of the United States

January 20, 2009

A Page Out of History

Why do I feel like this is my moment too
As do millions out there echo
My sentiment by their presence
And voices raised out loud.

Why do I feel as if
A new dawn has risen
On a new era
Full of fresh hope and inspiration.

Why do I feel like
I am one with millions of multitude
Braving the coldest winter chill
In the coldest month of the year.

Falling in line
Flying in from all over
A nation who once again
Can stand up brave
and proud.

Why do I feel
Even though I do not belong
To this country
The same pride and overflowing joy.

To bear witness to
A Man who does more
By being himself
Than by transforming himself.

A Man who might
And will bring
Transformation and Redemption
Through Unity and renewed Courage.

I am so stoked
And so proud
And so humbled
And so lucky to be.

Part of the generation
Who bears witness
Who extends welcome
And open hearts.

To the Man
Who represents
Not only himself
But all of us
Who came from everywhere and nowhere.


  • Avi says:

    Ellen, thank you for putting what so many of us feel into words.
    And WHAT WORDS you have selected!TRULY PERFECT! You have greatly honored TSUKUBLOG by posting your poem here. I just hope that this venue will give it the exposure it deserves.

    with respect


  • Angeline says:

    Alas! A true sign of change!
    An inspiration for all who pursues it
    Who desires it, treasures it
    Like water and salt
    The most essential element in life

    Yes, we all definitely can … and will ….. CHANGE!

    my 2 cents.

  • Ellen says:

    Dear Avi,

    Thank you so much for such a compliment coming from a true writer like yourself. It brings such joy to me and a lump in my throat to have my simple poem be appreciated by a person as eloquent as yourself, who comes from a different background but who is as inspired and as awestruck by the pure beneficence of Obama’s coming like a Messiah into a world wracked by abject poverty, chaos, disunity, racial divide and indifference. Yes, he is like a beacon of hope. My only fear is that too much expectation might undo the man. I hope he is as big as he appears to be..or that our hope is as real as it appears to us.

  • Avi says:

    Ellen, as a whole the poem works wonderfully, and some of the phrases : a man who does more by being himself-

    The man who represents himself, not only himself, but all of us, who came from everywhere and nowhere –

    are absolutely brilliant images which TRULY capture the occassion. Your poem shopuld be in school curriculli!

    Im also very stoked by your suprising inclusion of that word in your poem .