The Hill We Are Committed to Climb

Honest words are forceful! It seems as if we have been waiting for so long a time to hear 22 year-old poet laureate, Amanda Gorman, speak such words! Words that express unusual realization of what has been our reality and yet, unusual insight into what we can do to “rebuild, reconcile and recover, in every known nook of our nation and country that so many diverse and beautiful people will emerge, battered and yet beautiful!”

I, too, have waited…and I keep referring to her poem wherein she recognizes that our union is not perfect, polished or in any way pristine…but that we strive…we strive purposefully…to compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters and conditions of human beings. The challenge continues to be that “we lay down our arms” so as to reach out our arms to one another. We have tried before and failed! We have built bridges and seen them crumble. How do we repair and rebuild, now? Amanda strongly suggests…no, predicts…that we will NOT march back to what was but move to what shall be—a country, bruised but whole, benevolent but bold, fierce and free. We will not fear to merge mercy with might, and might with right! We will rebuild, reconcile and recover in every nook and corner of our country to rise beautiful though battered, aflame and unafraid to be part of the new dawn that will change darkness into Light. It’s the “Hill we are committed to Climb” together! (Amanda Gorman, Inauguration Day, 1/20/2021)

“Adelante, amigos,” let us shout out in Spanish: “Come on. Let’s get going!”

Renée Domeier, OSB

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