Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

From Inauguration day: Inspiring poetry January 21, 2021

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FOR THOSE OF US who write poetry, its power to move, to inspire, to uplift, to matter, were evident during Wednesday’s Presidential inauguration as National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman delivered her powerful poem, “The Hill We Climb.”

To watch that 22-year-old Los Angeles poet stand before the nation’s capitol, before the new President and Vice President and so many others, and hear her deliver her poem with such passion filled me with hope.

Hope themed her poem. If you missed hearing Gorman’s poem, I’d encourage you to seek it out online and listen. Poetry, when read aloud by its author, takes on a depth missing if simply read silently to one’s self.

Gorman’s poem complemented, reinforced, the hopeful messages I took away from the day through speeches, songs, prayers and actions.

Words—like unity, resilience, strength, faith, respect, possibilities, together—resonated with me. Words that will write, as President Joe Biden said, “the unfolding story of our great nation.”

And part of that story will be the words of a young poet, who inspired hope on January 20, 2021.

© Copyright 2021 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


14 Responses to “From Inauguration day: Inspiring poetry”

  1. She is truly an amazing young woman.

  2. BERNADETTE Thomasy Says:

    Her youthful confidence struck me almost as much as the words; she gives powerful hope for the future.

  3. valeriebollinger Says:

    I heard her on the radio as we were in the car. Powerful poem.

  4. Kathleen Cassen Mickelson Says:

    I absolutely adored Amanda Gorman’s poem and performance! She was amazing. What a perfect complement to the inaugural ceremonies. The passion and fire that she exuded stayed with me.

  5. Susan Ready Says:

    What a stirring performance and yes like many others I felt she represents a new generation of hope . I marveled at her confidence and passion what a shinning star on the dawn of a new beginning.

  6. I thought of you as she was reading. I saw an interview with her prior and loved her!

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