Transcript of Amanda Gorman's inaugural poem "The Hill We Climb" (La colline surmontée)

To celebrate this Glorious Day, let the colors of the youngest person (22 year old) shine on! Gordon is the first young lady to deliver a magnificent poem at a U.S presidential inauguration for almost 6 minutes. Today is also an historical day and the first day in 150 years that a woman is becoming Vice President, Madam Kamala Harris. Today Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were sworn in as president and vice-president.

A lot is ahead to take care of, and let’s all unite in those words: "This is America's day. This is democracy's day. A day of history and hope, of renewal and resolve. Through a crucible for the ages, America has been tested anew. America has risen to the challenge." – Biden


Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman recites "The Hill We Climb" at the inauguration of President Joe Biden on Jan. 20, 2021.



When day comes we ask ourselves,

where can we find light in this never-ending shade?

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

And the norms and notions

of what just is

Isn’t always just-ice

And yet the dawn is ours

before we knew it

Somehow we do it

Somehow we've weathered and witnessed

a nation that isn’t broken

but simply unfinished

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 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

Let the globe, if nothing else, say this is true:

That even as we grieved, we grew

That even as we hurt, we hoped

That even as we tired, we tried

That we’ll forever be tied together, victorious

Not because we will never again know defeat

but because we will never again sow division

Scripture tells us to envision<