National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman at Presidential Inauguration

Complete remarks from Amanda Gorman at Presidential Inauguration.

"There is always a light, if only we’re brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave enough to be it."

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"There is Always light, if only we're Brave enough..."
Watching for the fifth time. I'm old, but want to be like her, my new mentor!
Victoria Eads
Victoria Eads:
This young woman is mind blowingly amazing. I'm so glad that she's already getting due respect and recognition.
henry albagli
henry albagli:
Your mother taught you well
My parents were immigrants, my mother learned English with me. She taught me how to read and I could read with feeling like you. I'm 62 years old and you inspired me.xoxo
Mr. Nice Guy
Mr. Nice Guy:
Her cadence was like floating on a calm, beautiful sea. What a treasure.
oscar trespalacios
oscar trespalacios:
She, her exquisitely constructed lines of words, have simply shaken the deepest and most sensitive fibers of my heart.
How did sis she recite her poem so effortlessly, while engaging with the crowd, with so much grace❤️❤️❤️
Sonny Vito
Sonny Vito:
Not a nation broken just unfinished i caught chills 😭😭😭😭😭😭
Carsten Marquardt
Carsten Marquardt:
The endless power of speech. I have a dream revisited! Greetings from München/Germany.
By far one of the best parts of the inauguration ceremony.
Jerry Paul
Jerry Paul:
Absolutely beautiful. Well done, Amanda. Well spoken and delivered. Finally, a breath of fresh air.
Star Scarred
Star Scarred:
😭😭😭😭😭 I'm done for the day, no one speak to me, I'm busy weeping in the corner of relief and envy [she is a damned good wordsmith!]
Devi Ritter
Devi Ritter:
Tears in my eyes - i must be getting old. That was magnificent.
The Dark Knight
The Dark Knight:
“You can’t always see the light at the end of the tunnel, but if we just keep moving, you’ll come to a better place.”
-Uncle Iroh
She's so elegant and eloquent.
Natasha Nyxx
Natasha Nyxx:
THIS is strength. THIS is true power. THIS is America at its best. Well done, young lady, well done.
Jied Cghlm
Jied Cghlm:
"Then love becomes our legacy, change is our children's birthright." If only I could paint those words in the sky.
Ange C.
Ange C.:
Wow, beautiful words, beautifully presented, by an incredibly beautiful girl.
Tracy Robinson
Tracy Robinson:
This powerful and beautiful young woman just eloquently recited the Constitution in layman's terms. "We The People" as I understand it to mean. This poem should be hung in the halls of Congress for all to read.
What an amazing young woman Amanda Gorman is! Beautiful inside and eloquently spoken. What insight for so young, Amanda, I see why YOU were chosen, you WILL go far, and we WILL see you again! Thank you for giving the older generation hope!
Binary Burnout 3D
Binary Burnout 3D:
Here's to the future. Looks bright.
ohio style419
ohio style419:
I’m from the hood and this blew my mind had to rewatch blessed to be part of 2021 poem was lit !!!
Eric Scott
Eric Scott:
My heart is so full from these words of wisdom, of hope, and of heart. Magnificent.
ManTing Chan
ManTing Chan:
“Being American is more than a pride we inherit, it’s the past we step into and how we repair it” an American born Chinese, this hits home.
Bakhtiar Hasan
Bakhtiar Hasan:
Brilliant! She has connected dots beautifully from the past with big hopes and dreams what's ahead in the future!
Associates & GIvens
Associates & GIvens:
I’m sure she has media representation because offers for her to speak are rolling in! They have her scheduled for the morning shows already!

Young lady, you need to strike while iron is hot!
Lynda Schnirl
Lynda Schnirl:
My God, she had my heart and mind withim 5 seconds, that is one of the most beautiful, inspirational, truthful poems I ever heard. I want this on my wall. Smart, articulate, talented and oh so beautiful, she is an example for people everywhere. AMEN thank you God
Betty Smith
Betty Smith:
Absolutely spectacular!
Scott Golde
Scott Golde:
Where have I been not to have heard of this incredible young poet? My media blackout has shielded me from the barrage of daily bad news, trump anything, reality tv, paying for media subscriptions or services and apparently HOPE from the brightest and younger of our era. Easily, best words spoken at the inauguration! I will vote for her when she turns thirty five for any American political office she aspires to. THANK YOU AMANDA GORMAN!!! Mr. President Biden: please take a cue from this young lady to keep your upcoming speeches succinct and precise. I am still checking out her other poems on YouTube. #AmandaForPresident
Pimpy G. Dawg
Pimpy G. Dawg:
Holy crap, that woman's performance is worthy of Rabindranath Tagore, and she's only 22? That was incredibly inspiring.
Granny InSanDiego
Granny InSanDiego:
You are a bright, shining star! Go forth and light our way - we will follow! Thank you for this moment of beauty and inspiration.
Randy J
Randy J:
Amanda, "You moved me into tears of joy" I will pray for you as I salute you and you're blessed future.
Looking forward to you book...
LaToya Hodges
LaToya Hodges:
She has brought light to this world with annointed words. This was powerful!
Garry Grissom
Garry Grissom:
Our country has a bright future with our awesome young people. Outstanding service to your country today Amanda!! Keep up the good work.
Joe Tempest
Joe Tempest:
Wow Just Wow!! This is made me speechless, but who need word when she says it ALL!!!
It's one of those poems that grow on you, the more you hear them, the more you read them.
It is deeper every time!
Neeraja Balachander
Neeraja Balachander:
I was not ready for this powerful vision! 😭🥰🙏🏽
Amy Seymour
Amy Seymour:
With all my heart, this was so wonderful to listen to, I will never forget it. May all those that disliked this find peace in their hearts and minds.
Amber LuluMarie
Amber LuluMarie:
You SLAY 🙌🏽. Thank You 🙏🏾 You share a Beautiful View into a Bright Future for Us All #BGM #Leadership
Canute Spence
Canute Spence:
What a great inspiration.....very uplifting words when we need it most.
Wow! What an incredible young woman...words so powerful, captivating and inspiring and so perfectly delivered! What a gift she is to our nation and given the opportunity to appear at just the right moment in history with just the right words...
Absolutely phenomenal 🌟
She's not only beautiful... She's beautifully amazing!
J Lady
J Lady:
Such an elegant, intelligent and lovely young woman. So beautiful!
Jon Ward
Jon Ward:
Words really do matter. Thank you, Ms. Gorman, for reminding us of that.🇺🇸
April Overland
April Overland:
I’m not crying, you’re crying 😭
Johnna Lehr
Johnna Lehr:
Wow!!!! This is beautiful, touching and inspirational. Way to go Amanda!!!!!!!!!
Ruth Anne Mante
Ruth Anne Mante:
Wow that is so compelling that it made me cry <3
Steven Kellow
Steven Kellow:
Full transcript:

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
that everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree
And no one shall make them afraid
If we’re to live up to our own time
Then victory won’t lie in the blade
But in all the bridges we’ve made
That is the promise to glade
The hill we climb
If only we dare
It's because being American is more than a pride we inherit,
it’s the past we step into
and how we repair it
We’ve seen a force that would shatter our nation
rather than share it
Would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy
And this effort very nearly succeeded
But while democracy can be periodically delayed
it can never be permanently defeated
In this truth
in this faith we trust
For while we have our eyes on the future
history has its eyes on us
This is the era of just redemption
We feared at its inception
We did not feel prepared to be the heirs
of such a terrifying hour
but within it we found the power
to author a new chapter
To offer hope and laughter to ourselves
So while we once we asked,
how could we possibly prevail over catastrophe?
Now we assert
How could catastrophe possibly prevail over us?
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
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
Our blunders become their burdens
But one thing is certain:
If we merge mercy with might,
and might with right,
then love becomes our legacy
and change our children’s birthright
So let us leave behind a country
better than the one we were left with
Every breath from my bronze-pounded chest,
we will raise this wounded world into a wondrous one
We will rise from the gold-limbed hills of the west,
we will rise from the windswept northeast
where our forefathers first realized revolution
We will rise from the lake-rimmed cities of the midwestern states,
we will rise from the sunbaked south
We will rebuild, reconcile and recover
and every known nook of our nation and
every corner called our country,
our people diverse and beautiful will emerge,
battered and beautiful
When day comes we step out of the shade,
aflame and unafraid
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
Michelle Staley
Michelle Staley:
Absolutely amazing and inspirational. I don't know how many times I have listened to this.
David Bullis
David Bullis:
That's what I was trying to say. Beautiful .Now, I've never seen this person before now. And I feel an awesome sense of Pride for her . I am proud Of her. Imagine how her Mum must feel .
Just incredible and inspiring! Wonderful words!
Prady D
Prady D:
goosebumps and I’m not even American. I think her poetry will speak to every human being who has braved the past year. And for many more years to come.
Rehabilitation Through The Arts
Rehabilitation Through The Arts:
Thank you Amanda Gorman for these beautiful words. Also for the beautiful way you spoke them!
Cilicia Moonshine
Cilicia Moonshine:
Anybody else watching this in class?
Christopher Lee
Christopher Lee:
This young woman is incredible. She instills hope for what appears a bleak future well. I'm in awe of her speech and her mind.
Most powerful words, and delivered in a pristine way.
Standing ovation !!!
Harper Coleman
Harper Coleman:
This is beautiful. She's really a woman of talent, and I think her's is a wonderful voice to be heard across the world. This one's going places! Amanda, congratulations, hon!
Wake Miami Great Again
Wake Miami Great Again:
She is amazing!!!
Nature Nurtures
Nature Nurtures:
Hope she’s out next president:
Byron Stepherson [Silvestri JHS]
Byron Stepherson [Silvestri JHS]:
0:00 Introduction and greeting
0:21 When day comes
0:48 And yet the dawn is ours
1:19 And yes, we are far from polished
1:43 And so we lift our gazes
2:11 That even as we grieved, we grew
2:32 Scripture tells us to envision
2:51 The hill we climb
3:28 For while we have our eyes on the future
4:01 How could catastrophe possibly prevail over us?
4:30 But one thing is certain
4:56 We will rise
5:11 We will rebuild, reconcile and recover
5:32 For there is always light
G. B.
G. B.:
A heart of a human beyond measure is a Blessing not only for themselves " but as a loving nations a calling towards the next generations.
Powerful. Graceful. Magnificent.
Don Levy
Don Levy:
Inspirational poem. Well done.
Christian Marris
Christian Marris:
She was the ceremony! Yasss maam! 😍😍😍😍
Vaibhav Gorige
Vaibhav Gorige:
One of the best things I've ever listened to, shes a genius
Ms Em
Ms Em:
This was beautiful.
Audrey Spartz
Audrey Spartz:
I am just 12 years old. And now I know what I want to be when I grow up.
Red Jury
Red Jury:
My FAVORITE moment of the day : )
Shimmie shimmie cocoa puffs
Shimmie shimmie cocoa puffs:
I love the way she speaks. Theres something so soothing about her voice but she still sounds so powerful. I'm not sure how to word it XD
Black Era
Black Era:
Christine Inrig
Christine Inrig:
Poets are wonderful. They capture joys and sorrows in words.
Magikarp Evolving
Magikarp Evolving:
“Vision spurs action and is achieved though action”
-Xi JinPing
Lori Jackson
Lori Jackson:
Amazing young lady!
Ian Steele
Ian Steele:
Watching this makes me understand that America is born again and the darkness of the last 4 years is over. 👏👏🏼👏🏿👏🏾
Patti Abdalla
Patti Abdalla:
Jay Howard
Jay Howard:
She's an old soul in a young woman's body...amazing.
Shawn Leimbach
Shawn Leimbach:
Brave enough to be it.
Diane Venable
Diane Venable:
Jorge Fernandez
Jorge Fernandez:
absolutely beautiful!!!
Mary Ann Rawson
Mary Ann Rawson:
Congratulations to a musical work of the voice and a wonderful sense of life, country, experience of the human condition. Summary of morality, religion, democracy, text, words, courage, bravery, humanity,
Hunter Peth
Hunter Peth:
Very very talented young lady. Very beautiful.
Terri Williams-Glass
Terri Williams-Glass:
Be the light!
c39687 Full_R3trd
c39687 Full_R3trd:
Wow that was amazing... she must have wrote that in the past week or something. She is very wise for her age. Not to mention some of those rhymes flowed very well. I bet rappers would want her ghostwriting haha.
Zack Hostetler
Zack Hostetler:
For some reason I think I heard this through the radio when I was driving back home.
Kim Blake
Kim Blake:
Katharen Chamberlain
Katharen Chamberlain:
A. Lynette
A. Lynette:
Legend in the making ❤️ can’t wait to see her rise.
Michele Dain
Michele Dain:
Well done.
Pamela Jenkins
Pamela Jenkins:
Hassan Baalbaki
Hassan Baalbaki:
Brilliantly inspiring and articulate. She could give elocution lessons....
douglas thompson
douglas thompson:
😍😍❤️❤️Amazing ‼️
Zinhle Nonjabuliso
Zinhle Nonjabuliso:
She Is 🔥🔥✊
Elise Bailey
Elise Bailey:
Pure excellence 👍
This young lady is more poised and intelligent than most adults I know. Amanda Gorman, you’re going to do big things.