This is a picture of a young woman named Amanda Gorman. Today, she was invited to be the Poet Laureate and read a poem that she wrote, shortly after the events at the Capitol on January 6th.
I know that some of you will want to tell me that you didn't watch the inauguration, and you'll want to tell me the reasons why. Let me tell you that I don't care. This post is not about politics, it's about an exceptional young woman.
Amanda read a short poem entitled "The Hill We Climb" and it was beautifully written. More impressive than that; Amanda is all of 22-years-old. She is a Harvard graduate, daughter of a single mother, and descended from slaves.
I was trying to remember what I was doing at the tender age of 22 and I can guarantee you that I was not invited by the first lady, nor any other lady, to read, write or sing and dance anything.
In fact whatever I was doing probably had something to do with a science experiment that I conducted frequently which involved turning generous amounts of alcohol into urine.
She was poised, eloquent, and confident. You couldn't hear a hint of nervousness in her voice, in fact it felt like she was giving a sermon.. (A "sermon on the hill", if you will). She was the brightest part of the inauguration today... and that's no small feat in an event that included Garth Brooks, Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez.
She gives me hope for the future.