DEar oprah i wrote this poem novenber 4th 2008 for the 44th president of the united states of america.like millions of people around the globe i was captivated.caught up in the magic of the molment on that historic day. euphoria spread through my viens in the form of silent joyous tears.with sweaty palms my body ached with an overwhelming pasion unexplainable to some.yet no doubt familar to so many. then magicly as if subconsously i knew this molment would come.i began to write to the president elect.my friend barry whom by the way i have never met before. see i am an inmate in a california state prison.i am a recovering drug addict whos made some poor choices.yet i now have hope. ironicly i am a bi racial man.my father african american my mother caucasian.I can relate. a while back a dear friend sent me both of baraks books.instantly i was born again so to speak. religously i followed the campagne mezmerized by his elligance.warmth.compasion.drive and charizma.
Yet it was his sincerity that peirced my soul. not long after.that same friend of mine gillian parillo became a deligate for the state of texas.she was living her dream.i was dreaming again. together through corrispondance it was if i were right there.registering new voters.meeting interesting people of all walks of life.hearing the voices of change and hope. all of a sudden i was waching the world news.nightline and shows like charlie rose.i wached every debate.he won them all.we won them all.yes we can. i enrolled in a college corrispondance course.have written a few childrens books and have been trying to start my own drug rehab.program. as the days passed i would eagerly anticipate letters and pictures from my friend like a child awaiting xmas.she was in denver at the convention and a hundrad yards from the podium at the inauguration.i was there also.in spirit.
See even behind these dreary cement walls and never ending bobed wire fences hope and change would brighten my days and inspire me like nothing has ever. even in prison i am a proud american.i can and will and have changed.hope is a reality.dreams can come true...yes we can. oprah i am hoping you can pass this poem on to the president.i want him to know what an impact hes made on my life.this poem is genuan and from my heart.it of course is entitled...yes we can.thank you so very much.enjoy.
YES WE CAN
BY Michael Smith
Thank you, Mr. President. President Obama, we thank you.
You’ve given us hope and promised change, and we know that’s what you’ll do.
Thank you for proving that anyone could be whatever they wanted to be.
With hard work and determination, dreams become reality.
Thank you for being who you are. Thank you for all you’ve done.
Thank you for reaching out your hand to each and everyone.
Thank you for your sincerity, your inspiration and your style.
In desperate times you eased our minds and gave us reason to smile.
Thank you for diminishing stereotypes and opening up our eyes.
Thank you for understanding and listening to our cries.
Thank you for having a vision. Thank you for having a goal.
Thank you for waking us up as people, and reigniting our souls.
Thank you for your commitment. Thank you for your cause.
Thank you for your drive and compassion, and we know it’s because…
You believe in a great nation. You believe in mankind.
You believe that hate and racism will soon be left behind.
You believe in education, family values and health care.
You believe that we’re all equal and should be treated just and fair.
You believe in civil rights and have made so many proud.
Like JFK and Martin, your voice rings true and loud.
You’ll regulate and deregulate. You’ll delegate and not discriminate.
You’ll cross party lines and open up closed minds, and unite in our fight for freedom.
And somehow you’ll fix the economy,
bring troops back to their families, create new jobs and energy and orchestrate world harmony.
Thank you, Mr. President because we know that’s what you’ll do.
You’re our leader and our savior and we believe in you.
Thank you, President Obama, sincerely your biggest fan.
God Bless America, God Bless you, and I say….YES WE CAN.
I publish the note as I received it, spelling mistakes and all. I am awed at how Mike embraced Barack's campaign and made it his passion. And the passion continues as he continues to motivate himself to self-improvement. Keep it up, Mike...I know you will!