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A New Era: Kindness is Dawning: A Poem of Hope by Lu Sobredo



There’s no denying it, no way of hiding it
that kindness came in short supply
these four years. But no longer. 
And I can breathe again.
As kindness o'er the land shall reign. 

The people have spoken. Our voices
strong, our cries clear. 
And that made the difference, 
made possible today’s new dawning--
the return of kindness, soon. 
In the people’s house. 
In the land we love.

Kindness heals. Hate exhausts our spirit. 
Today people shouted from rooftops, 
car-tops or at the very least 
at the top of our voices,
with unmistakable beat, joy in our hearts.
We are relieved. Yes, we are.
We are feeling good again. 
Indeed the people spoke up and chose 
truth over falsity; caring over malice.
It is the right thing, choosing kindness.
It is the right time, choosing to heal.

Today is testimony to diversity. Diversity 
as strength for our country 
and as hope for all, not for one or the few, 
but for all regardless of what skin 
covers our souls. Our country 
reclaimed its soul, its virtues
which were at the core of its founding.
Equality for all.
Justice for all.

The women’s suffrage: the right 
of women to vote in elections,
the hard-fought fight 
that began mid-19th century ago, today saw 
the long and treacherous 
sacrifices were not for naught. 
Today feels like a rebirth, 
and isn’t it fitting 
that this new birth put a woman 
in the second highest office of the land. 
We can all claim she is all of us, 
we, the women of this land.
We, who have been humiliated and ridiculed.
We, who have been disgraced 
over these four years. But no more. 

We didn’t stand silent. We exercised 
the right so many before us fought for, 
so many women and men, young and old 
whose ancestry hailed 
from all corners of this globe, 
and who risked their lives 
and safety for the future, the future 
we continue to fight for—
For economic and political equality;
For social justice deserved by every living being.

We move forward, we welcome the return 
of decency, we demand for everyone’s dignity 
and the dignity befitting our planet. The return 
of kindness will benefit ALL 
including those who may not yet see, 
not yet hear or not yet feel... 
what this change could mean to all. 
There is no “them and us,” there is only
We, the PEOPLE...
We, the stewards of this EARTH.

The era of kindness is dawning. 
The dark begins to show light when we choose
to open our eyes and see with our hearts.
Hope is at our doorstep.
The light beckons.
The light shines on all the people.
The light shines on all the earth.

©Poem by Lu Sobredo 
Celebrating ~
President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris.
Draft ~ November 7, 2020

Lu Sobredo is the publisher of LuTravelsAbroad, a blog dedicated to those afflicted with illnesses that limit mobility. A Rheumatoid Arthritis sufferer determined to function in her new normal, she traveled often before the pandemic. During the pandemic her love of writing has resurfaced. She now travels through her mind's eye; her journey reflected in several of her new poems and her first attempt as an aspiring novelist. Watch for her first fictional novel in 2021.


  1. Beauty, eloquence, and kindness that can be found in the soul of America. Sometimes we must dig deep, but there are those among us who can help us find the way. Our President elect Joe Biden and our Vice-president elect Kamala Harris will open the doors beyond measure and the light WILL take us to the soul of America.
    Thank you for this lovely gift, Lu. 🥰💞💝

    1. Dear Unknown, I will take your kind words. They are healing. That was the whole intent of my poem. I am full of hope and dreams, I could cry. Keeping kindness alive. Keeping hope alive for America. Sincerely, Lu


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