#WATWB – Hope in a Poet

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

~Amanda Gorman~

By now, most of you have heard of this young, twenty-two year old poet laureate who spoke so eloquently and intelligently at the U.S. Presidential Inauguration on January 20th. Amanda Gorman is a shining star in the world, a bright light, a hope for the future. You can read the entire poem HERE.

From Wikipedia: “Amanda is an American poet and activist from Los Angeles. Her work focuses on issues of oppression, feminism, race, and marginalization. Amanda was the first person to be named National Youth Poet Laureate in the United States, judged by a panel of esteemed poets. It is a title held in the United States by a young person who demonstrates skill in the arts, particularly poetry and/or spoken word, is a strong leader, is committed to social justice, and is active in civic discourse and advocacy.”

Anderson Cooper of CNN interviewed Ms. Gorman after the Inauguration and you can view the video HERE. Mr. Cooper was somewhat speechless at one point for this young lady, who some say “stole the show” and who so many now love and admire for her poetic achievements and caring, compassionate soul.

I believe Amanda will do great things in the years to come, whether it is with her poetry, activism or other achievement. She gives me hope for the future that she and other young people like her will bring positivity and light into this country and the world.

Amanda Gorman for President in 2036?


The “We are the World” Blogfest is in the fourth year of a heartfelt journey. The blogfest’s goal is to spread the message of light, hope and love in today’s world. We are challenging all participants to share the positive side of humanity. This month’s co-hosts, Sylvia McGrath, Simon Falk Shilpa Garg, Mary Giese , and Belinda Witzenhausen welcome participants and encourage all to join in during future months. #WATWB is a blog hop on the last Friday of every month. Click HERE to check out the intention and rules of the blogfest and feel free to sign up at any time. You are always welcome!

26 responses to #WATWB – Hope in a Poet

  1. murisopsis says:

    She is wonderful and her poem was magnificent. I listened to it during the live stream but there was so much background noise from the kitchen, TV, and just people talking that I had a hard time hearing it on my phone. I do hope she runs in 2036…

    • bikerchick57 says:

      The way this young woman presented her poem was truly inspiring. She is intelligent, insightful and can certainly aspire to anything she puts her mind to.

    • Susan Scott says:

      I knew that Amanda Gorman would show up for #WATWB this time round Mary. I’m so glad she did. We can never read her words enough. I watched it live from South Africa, it was around 7.00 pm SA time. I was speechless. I saw Anderson Cooper being speechless too! A great post, thanks for co-hosting this month and have a greet weekend and February .. sorry about that blips above ..

      • bikerchick57 says:

        I was already relieved and happy that morning to have a much improved change in leadership, but Amanda was the icing on the yellow smiley cake. I’m glad you were able to witness this special time.

        No worries about the blip. It happens to all of us on occasion. 🙂 Happy February to you as well, Susan!

  2. J-Dub says:

    The best! I have memorized this part of the poem:

    For there is always light,
    if only we’re brave enough to see it
    If only we’re brave enough to be it

    It has become a mantra of sorts for positive self talk. This could not be more fitting for today Mary. Absolutely loved your post ❤

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thanks Jill! I love those words too. Being “brave enough to be it” is the hardest and the most positive thing we can do for ourselves and others. Amanda inspires and encourages us to be lights of the world so that we can see change.

  3. Dan Antion says:

    I am a fan of poetry, and this young woman made such a good impression on the world with her words. It does give me hope. When I compare her words to those of the “spokespeople” of the group trying to stop the election results, or those complaining about the inauguration, it’s almost laughable. Their words sound like hate. Her words sound like hope.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      You put it so succinctly, Dan. Hate vs. hope. Intelligence and wisdom vs. those who don’t understand either. Amanda gives me so much hope in the youth of this country, that there is a change coming in how humanity accepts and treats one another.

  4. I love how poetry is seeing a resurgence in mainstream popularity. We are seeing it used on television commercials here in the UK, and of course for large events like the inauguration. Long live poetry! 🙂

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I also love how poetry is becoming more mainstream. I still have a difficult time wrapping my head around some, but it’s the same as fiction and non-fiction authors – you read until you find something or someone to enjoy.

  5. Kalpana says:

    She was amazing and it’s especially uplifting to see young people with such depth and enthusiasm. Not to mention her way with words. Or her coat 🙂

  6. Amanda is a beacon to so many, she is a shining star!
    So glad you chose her for this month’s #WATWB, such a perfect choice!
    Thanks so much for sharing this and for being a part of #WATWB
    Have a wonderful week!

  7. simonfalk28 says:

    Amanda rocks, Mary! Need I say more. Except thank you. Somehow I knew we’d see a post about Amanda in WATWB. Glad it was you.

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