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Amanda Gorman declares 'we will forever overcome' in new poem: Read 'New Day's Lyric'

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Amanda Gorman is still finding hope as we close another tumultuous year and head into 2022, weary and apprehensive.

The 23-year-old poet, whose reading of her own "The Hill We Climb" at President Joe Biden's inauguration made her an international sensation, released a new work Wednesday to mark the end of 2021.

"New Day's Lyric" is a five-stanza, 48-line resolution with themes of struggle and healing known to admirers of "The Hill We Climb" and of her bestselling collection "Call Us What We Carry," which came out in early December.

"Those moments we missed / Are now these moments we make / The moments we meet / And our hearts, once all together beaten / Now all together beat," she writes in the poem.

Gorman said that the "chaos and instability" of the past year had made her reject the idea of going "back to normal" and instead fight to "move beyond it," she told the Associated Press.

Honoree Amanda Gorman accepts an award onstage during Variety's Power of Women Presented by Lifetime at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on September 30, 2021 in Beverly Hills, California.
Honoree Amanda Gorman accepts an award onstage during Variety's Power of Women Presented by Lifetime at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on September 30, 2021 in Beverly Hills, California.

She added that she "wanted to write a lyric to honor the hardships, hurt, hope and healing of 2021 while also harkening the potential of 2022."

A Harvard graduate and National Youth Poet Laureate, Gorman made history in January as the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history. Since then, she's appeared on the cover of Vogue and Time magazines and has been interviewed by Oprah Winfrey and Michelle Obama.

Read her full end-of-year poem below.

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‘New Day's Lyric’ by Amanda Gorman

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.

Steadily we 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 all together 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.

End

Contributing: Hillel Italie, The Associated Press; Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY

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