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"The Hill We Climb," by Amanda Gorman

January 21, 2021
22-year-old Amanda Gorman became the youngest inaugural poet in American history when she read her poem "The Hill We Climb" at President Biden's inauguration on January 20, 2021. The poem conveys both optimism and realism, referring to the progress that the U.S. has made as a nation, and the work that remains to be done.
benevolent
We will not march back to what was, but move to what shall be: a country that is bruised but whole, benevolent but bold, fierce and free.
blunder
Our blunders become their burdens.
catastrophe
So, while once we asked, how could we possibly prevail over catastrophe, now we assert, how could catastrophe possibly prevail over us?
democracy
Would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy.
envision
Scripture tells us to envision that everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree, and no one shall make them afraid.
heir
We did not feel prepared to be the heirs of such a terrifying hour.
inception
We feared at its inception.
inertia
We will not be turned around or interrupted by intimidation because we know our inaction and inertia will be the inheritance of the next generation, become the future.
inheritance
We will not be turned around or interrupted by intimidation because we know our inaction and inertia will be the inheritance of the next generation, become the future.
intimidation
We will not be turned around or interrupted by intimidation because we know our inaction and inertia will be the inheritance of the next generation, become the future.
norm
We've learned that quiet isn't always peace, and the norms and notions of what "just" is isn't always justice.
prevail
So, while once we asked, how could we possibly prevail over catastrophe, now we assert, how could catastrophe possibly prevail over us?
pristine
And, yes, we are far from polished, far from pristine, but that doesn't mean we are striving to form a union that is perfect.
reconcile
We will rebuild, reconcile, and recover.
scripture
Scripture tells us to envision that everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree, and no one shall make them afraid.
sow
Not because we will never again know defeat, but because we will never again sow division.
strive
And, yes, we are far from polished, far from pristine, but that doesn't mean we are striving to form a union that is perfect.
successor
We, the successors of a country and a time where a skinny Black girl descended from slaves and raised by a single mother can dream of becoming president, only to find herself reciting for one.
wade
A sea we must wade.
weathered
Somehow we weathered and witnessed a nation that isn't broken, but simply unfinished.

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