As Prepared for Delivery –

Because today we are not,
for too long, a small group,
the citizens of our country.
That all changes –
Everyone gathered here,
this, is your country.
What truly matters is
the forgotten,
the tens of millions
of Americans
across the landscape of our country,
of so much potential.
We share
the oath, an oath of
subsidized for the very sad
One by one,
the past.
Now, looking
in every city
our jobs, our borders, our dreams.
When you open your heart to
we must, but always,
there should be no fear –
The time for empty talk is over.
Now arrives
the heart of America:
voice, hopes, dreams, destiny.
Love will forever guide us,


A Portuguese-American writer, Millicent Borges Accardi‘s awards include Fulbright, CantoMundo, the National Endowment for the Arts, and California Council of the Arts fellowships. She has been a featured writer at the Austin Poetry Festival, Lisbon University, Brown University, UMass Dartmouth, Valente Library in Cambridge, and was in residence at Yaddo, Jentel (Sheridan, WY), and the University of Texas, Austin (Spanish/Portuguese PhD program). She is the organizer of the Kale Soup for the Soul literary series, which performs poetry and stories about family, food and Luso culture. Her new poetry collection is Only More So.