[image-1]You may have heard that S.C. Poet Laureate Marjory Wentworth’s two-minute inauguration poem, which she was planning to read at last Wednesday’s inauguration of Gov. Nikki Haley, was cut from the ceremony. According to a story on NPR, state officials told her that the poem was being cut for time.
Instead of writing something focused on nature or wildlife, as Wentworth says she has in the past for inauguration ceremonies, she took a bit of a risk — her poem for this year, which is quite beautiful, references slavery and the South’s troubled history. It also offers a moving call for unity and a recognition of injustice.
Many locals have wondered whether those topics had something to do with the decision to cut it. State officials, however, say that the poem was cut before anyone read it.
Wentworth will read the poem today at 4 p.m. at the Circular Congregational Church and again tomorrow at the YWCA’s MLK Day Breakfast on Tuesday. You can also read the poem, “One River, One Boat” on NPR’s website.