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It's Sunita here.
I was transfixed this week, like millions of others, who witnessed Amanda Gorman recite her poem, 'The Hill We Climb' at President Joseph Biden's inauguration ceremonies.
I loved everything about her, from the spectacular and sunny yellow coat she wore, to her confident and rapturous presence while she took the stage to recite her poem. It was also obvious to me, that despite the incredible poise she presented herself with, she was going "Can you believe this??" in her head- her expressions giving us an inkling of the excitement and giddy joy she was feeling as she looked out towards the crowds (sparse this year, but a distinguished gathering none the less) from the inaugural platform.
But my biggest thrill came from the words Amanda chose to share with the world.
Taking the broken pieces of our nation and our hearts, she used words to masterfully weave them into images of reckoning, lessons learnt, wisdom and ultimately, hope. She presented us with the harshness of our times, yet with a kindness, that reassured us that we still possess within us the strength, and will to turn things around, so we may fulfil our potential as humans, and the promise of a just and loving society.
Amanda helped us celebrate our humanity by highlighting how the process of becoming our best versions is a difficult one, but not impossible. Much is wrong today. But there is light amongst the violent, hateful and terrifying darkness we find ourselves in. And each one of us must find the courage to be that light.
Thank you Amanda, for putting the jagged, broken pieces of our souls in a beauteous frame that illuminates our goodness, and inspires us to move forward, and inwards to light.
Amanda, thank you for your words!
THE HILL THAT WE CLIMB by Amanda Gorman
When day comes, we ask ourselves, where can we find light in this never-ending shade?