Amanda Gorman‘s entire poem “The Hill We Climb” was note-perfect at the Biden-Harris inauguration yesterday. But these lines really stood out to me:
We are striving to forge a union with purpose
To compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters and
conditions of man
And so we lift our gazes not to what stands between us
but what stands before us
We close the divide because we know, to put our future first,
we must first put our differences aside
We lay down our arms
so we can reach out our arms
to one another
We seek harm to none and harmony for all
Simply gorgeous… powerful… inspiring.
I hope we can live up to them.
Her strength, clarity and warmth — her humanness — is inspirational. These words reorganize the molecules in me to a greater vibrancy. I feel it. We’re fortunate we have her speaking for the best in us. Thanks for sharing, the reverberation benefits us all.
Well said DD! These are words are inspirational but our challenge is to put these words into action.
May we show the same courage in living out these words as Amanda displayed in delivering them.
Thanks for reading, Phil! I do think we can live up to her words.