SoCal native, 22-year-old Amanda Gorman captivated the world with the poem she delivered at the Presidential Inauguration this morning. The work was titled "The Hill We Climb." Gorman spoke realness and hope with her words and commanded the stage with her presence.
An excerpt of the poem says, "We've seen a force that would shatter our nation rather than share it / Would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy. / And this effort very nearly succeeded. / But while democracy can be periodically delayed, / It can never be permanently defeated. / In this truth, in this faith, we trust. / For while we have our eyes on the future, / history has its eyes on us."
Gorman told CNN her poem was inspired by Elizabeth Alexander and Richard Blanco's poems at President Barack Obama's Inaugurations in 2009 and 2013.