She's An Inspiration: Young Poet Brings Words Of Hope In A Time of Trial
Watch and listen as she recites a piece that goes to the heart of how we respond to crisis -- including a worldwide pandemic.
Just 22, Amanda Gorman is already an accomplished and published poet. She is also a performer who often reads her work in public with a passion that takes what she's written to a different level.
Gorman's recitation was shot in the rotunda, stacks, and a reading room at the Los Angeles Public Library.CBS This Morning
Gorman recited her poem "The Miracle of Morning" in a piece for CBS This Morning Friday. Wearing a sunny yellow dress and a confident smile, she strides into the grand rotunda of the Los Angeles Public Library and begins:
I thought I'd awaken to a world in mourning
heavy clouds crowding a society storming
but there's something different on this golden morning
something magical in the sunlight wide and warming
"I wrote this poem several years ago, when hurricanes, hate crimes, and deportations were some of the many crises in our headlines," Gorman revealed on her Facebook page. "I had no idea that my words would reemerge during a pandemic."
I found her words powerful and uplifting, a strong message for the time we're living through. Watch and I think you'll agree:
(Video courtesy: CBS This Morning)
Gorman is from California and is currently a student at Harvard. She published her first book of poetry in 2015, and is the first person to be named National Youth Poet Laureate.
Gorman was named Youth Poet Laureate in 2017.
Her's isn't the only poem to go viral during the panedmic. Religion News Service reports that two other poems by little-known writers have suddenly become online sensations. Pandemic by Lynn Ungar, a poet and minister, and In the Time of Pandemic, by retired teacher Kitty O'Meara both initially posted to Facebook and are now being shared everywhere. They eloquently suggest how we might react to the anxiety created by the coronavirus outbreak and the imposition of stay-at-home orders.
Like the others, Amanda Gorman's writing also touches on the range of emotions we're feeling right now and what we might do with them: how suffering, loneliness, mourning and despair can turn into kindness, love, gratitude and wisdom. The poem ends with words of hope:
We'll observe how the burdens braved by human kind
are also the moments that make us humans kind.
Let every dawn find us corageous but closer
heeding the light before the fight is over.
When this ends we'll smile sweetly
finally seeing in testing times we became the best of beings.
Let's all hope and pray she's right.