The Hill We Climb - Poem by Amanda Gorman for the Inauguration of President Joseph R. Biden

  • The Hill We Climb

  • Amanda Gorman

    Mr. President, Dr. Biden, Madam Vice President, Mr. Emhoff, Americans and the world, when day comes we ask ourselves where can we find light in this never-ending shade?

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  • The loss we carry a sea we must wade.

  • We’ve braved the belly of the beast.

  • We’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peace.

  • In the norms and notions of what just is isn’t always justice.

  • And yet, the dawn is ours before we knew it.

  • Somehow we do it.

  • Amanda Gorman

    Somehow we’ve weathered and witnessed a nation that isn’t broken, but simply unfinished.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • We are striving to forge our 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.

  • Amanda Gorman

    We close the divide because we know to put our future first, we must first put our differences aside.

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  • We lay down our arms so we can reach out our arms to one another.

  • We seek harm to none and harmony for all.

  • Let the globe, if nothing else, say this is true.

  • That even as we grieved, we grew.

  • That even as we hurt, we hoped.