The Miracle of Morning



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 see a dad with a stroller taking a jog.
Across the street, a bright-eyed girl chases her dog.
A grandma on a porch fingers her rosaries.
She grins as her young neighbor brings her groceries.

While we might feel small, separate, and all alone,
Our people have never been more closely tethered.
The question isn’t if we will weather this unknown,
But how we will weather this unknown together.

So on this meaningful morn, we mourn and we mend.
Like light, we can’t be broken, even when we bend.

As one, we will defeat both despair and disease.
We stand with healthcare heroes and all employees;
With families, libraries, schools, waiters, artists;
Businesses, restaurants, and hospitals hit hardest.

We ignite not in the light, but in lack thereof,
For it is in loss that we truly learn to love.
In this chaos, we will discover clarity.
In suffering, we must find solidarity.

For it’s our grief that gives us our gratitude,
Shows us how to find hope, if we ever lose it.
So ensure that this ache wasn’t endured in vain:
Do not ignore the pain. Give it purpose. Use it.

Read children’s books, dance alone to DJ music.
Know that this distance will make our hearts grow fonder.
From a wave of woes our world will emerge stronger.

We’ll observe how the burdens braved by humankind
Are also the moments that make us humans kind;
Let every dawn find us courageous, brought 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.

About this poem

Amanda Gorman wrote this poem near the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic - noticing the beauty and hope possible, despite the challenging times.

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Written on 2020

Submitted on June 29, 2021

Modified by Soulwriter on June 29, 2021

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Amanda Gorman

Amanda Gorman is an American poet and activist from Los Angeles, California. Gorman's work focuses on issues of oppression, feminism, race, and marginalization, as well as the African diaspora. Gorman is the first person to be named National Youth Poet Laureate. Her poem “The Hill We Climb" was recited at the Joe Biden’s 2021 US presidential inauguration. more…

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4 Comments
  • louish.23015
    Beautiful well put together poem, keep up the good work sharing your skills
    LikeReply2 months ago
  • Philipo
    Great it here. Great words and great placing. You are up there.
    LikeReply1 year ago
  • Spiritbreeze
    Wow, this is a poem of hope a clarity in a time of loss and disparity, much needed and much appreciated! Well done!
    LikeReply 32 years ago
  • baby_p
    Great artistry. Amanda hit it real hard
    LikeReply 13 years ago
    • Soulwriter
      totally
      LikeReply 13 years ago
    • baby_p
      thanks for sharing
      LikeReply 13 years ago

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