The youth poet laureate lit up the inauguration stage and illuminated joy’s greatest promise.
– KEYS SOULCARE
“The new dawn blooms as we free it
For there is always light,
if only we’re brave enough to see it
If only we’re brave enough to be it…”
— The Hill We Climb, by Amanda Gorman
To witness Amanda Gorman’s Inauguration Day reading was to watch a young woman standing in her power: Purposeful. Present. Electric.
Gorman’s words recognized love as a more worthwhile legacy than vengeance, and envisioned our nation’s potential path forward. To imagine a future with hope, healing, and shared humanity in our current reality of ongoing injustice, hypocrisy, and hurt was a gift on display — and a gift to everyone who heard her. As we step into Black History Month, it’s lightworkers and moments like these that inspire us most — and embolden us to keep seeing and living life through Gorman’s eyes.
What ideals are you moving from simply “seeing” to “being” this season? Share your visions in the comments!