The poet declared, “We lay down our arms so we can reach out our arms to one another.”
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The 22-year-old Gormanread her own poem, titled “The Hill We Climb,” at the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.
The Los Angeles native told NPR she finished writing it on the night of Jan. 6, just hours after rioters swarmed Capitol Hill.
Gorman opened her poem Wednesday by saying, “We braved the belly of the beast.”
The poem continues: “We’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peace and the norms and notions of what just is, isn’t always justice. And yet the dawn is hours before we knew it, somehow we do it, somehow we’ve weathered and witnessed a nation that isn’t broken but simply unfinished.”
Gorman’s poem touched millions who heard it, earning social media accolades from the likes of Lin-Manuel Miranda, Oprah Winfrey and Barack Obama.
On a day for the history books, @TheAmandaGorman delivered a poem that more than met the moment. Young people like her are proof that “there is always light, if only we’re brave enough to see it; if only we’re brave enough to be it.” pic.twitter.com/mbywtvjtEH
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 20, 2021