The presidential inauguration is less than a week away. But if you don’t have tickets to an inaugural ball or you’re not planning to be out there watching the swearing-in in Washington, don’t worry, we’ve still got a way for you to be part of the occasion.
We’re composing our own People's Poem for the presidential inauguration. Poet Kwame Dawes got us started with a first line:
Say 'nation.' In the way of quarrels, say 'hope.'
Now, we've been asking you to follow-up with second, third, fourth lines, and more. We’re collecting the answers on Twitter under the hashtag #prezpoem.
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