On January 20, 2021, Amanda Gorman became the sixth and youngest poet to deliver a poetry reading at a presidential inauguration. When Gorman took the stage after President Joe Biden she captivated the nation with her call to arms.
I heard this the first time watching the inauguration live. It was heart-wrenching and breathtaking then. Gorman's content, rhymes, and rhythm transfixed me. She is unafraid to face the nation and point out our shortcomings.
“We’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peace, And the norms and notions of what ‘just is’ Isn’t always justice.”
However, she still inspires us to hope. She calls Americans to action. In true inaugural fashion, her message of hope transcends the moment and is a warm reminder to all of us to be the light in the world.
For there is always light if only we are brave enough to see it if we're brave enough to be it.
I listened to this one and it was just as captivating and inspiring as hearing it the first time. The forward by Oprah Winfrey really frames the poem beautifully. The audiobook version is a recording of Gorman's performance during the inauguration. It transported me back to that moment in time.
I really loved listening to this again. For the short listen, this is one you should really take the time to do. On your dark days, I encourage you to remind yourself to be brave enough to be the light.