New Day's Lyric

Amanda Gorman 1998 (California)



May this be the day
We come together.
Mourning, we come to mend,
Withered, we come to weather,
Torn, we come to tend,
Battered, we come to better.
Tethered by this year of yearning,
We are learning
That though we weren't ready for this,
We have been readied by it.
We steadily vow that no matter
How we are weighed down,
We must always pave a way forward.


This hope is our door, our portal.
Even if we never get back to normal,
Someday we can venture beyond it,
To leave the known and take the first steps.
So let us not return to what was normal,
But reach toward what is next.

What was cursed, we will cure.
What was plagued, we will prove pure.
Where we tend to argue, we will try to agree,
Those fortunes we forswore, now the future we foresee,
Where we weren't aware, we're now awake;
Those moments we missed
Are now these moments we make,
The moments we meet,
And our hearts, once altogether beaten,
Now all together beat.

Come, look up with kindness yet,
For even solace can be sourced from sorrow.
We remember, not just for the sake of yesterday,
But to take on tomorrow.

We heed this old spirit,
In a new day's lyric,
In our hearts, we hear it:
For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne.
Be bold, sang Time this year,
Be bold, sang Time,
For when you honor yesterday,
Tomorrow ye will find.
Know what we've fought
Need not be forgot nor for none.
It defines us, binds us as one,
Come over, join this day just begun.
For wherever we come together,
We will forever overcome.

About this poem

Poet Amanda Gorman has released a new work, just in time for the year's end. And like her most famous poem, "The Hill We Climb," her latest aims to uplift its listeners during a challenging time.

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Submitted on January 23, 2022

Modified on May 03, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme ABCBCBDDXEBFX GGEXGX HHIIJXJKLK XMAM EXENFNXAXXLLLBX
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 1,492
Words 330
Stanzas 5
Stanza Lengths 13, 6, 10, 4, 15

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
  • alanswansea18
    I love this poem.
    LikeReply6 months ago
  • AIDA
    Wow! What an incredible and inspiring poem! The way it takes the challenges and hardships of the past year and turns them into a message of hope and resilience is truly moving. The repetition of "we come" in the beginning creates a sense of togetherness and solidarity, and the call to look towards the future with optimism is both uplifting and powerful. The line "be bold, sang Time this year" is especially beautiful and encouraging. This poem reminds us that even in the darkest of times, there is always a way forward, and that by coming together and working towards a better future, we can overcome any obstacle. Thank you for this wonderful and thought-provoking piece! 
    LikeReply1 year ago
  • acronimous
    Beautiful poem!
    LikeReply1 year ago
  • Symmetry58
    I do not know why, but well written poetry always chokes me up. There is just something about the power of the written word that moves me in so many ways. I just love this piece. Brilliant writing, Miss Gorman. Thank you. 
    LikeReply2 years ago

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