Poetry Friday: A Nestling from “The Hill We Climb”

Earlier this week I noticed that a lot of my daily snippets centered around light – morning light, candle light, feelings connected to light. I started to gather those thoughts into a poem, but it wasn’t working as well as I had hoped. Then, on Wednesday, I heard Amanda Gorman’s recitation of her poem “The Hill We Climb.” As so many have remarked, her words were exquisite and moving.

I printed Amanda’s words and poured over them many times, each reading sparking a new feeling and understanding. The phrases about light were the ones that touched me most deeply, so I decided to create a nestling from “The Hill We Climb.”


when day comes we find light
the dawn is ours
we lift our gaze to what stands before us
we reach out our arms to one another
to offer hope and laughter
to move to what shall be
there is always light
if we are brave enough to see it
if we are brave enough to be it

Light and hope. Thank you, Amanda.

Laura has the poetry roundup today here where you can learn more about Amanda Gorman and read more wonderful poetry.

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12 Responses to Poetry Friday: A Nestling from “The Hill We Climb”

  1. Rose, this is beautiful! Like a condensed version of Amanda’s poem. Lovely lovely nestling! Thank you.

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  2. Michelle Heidenrich Barnes says:

    Amanda Gorman clearly has inspired so many of us today. And thank you, Rose, for reaching out to share your own version of hope in this nestling. It’s beautiful.

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  3. lindabaie says:

    It’s been a huge pleasure to take my time today to read through all the posts, so many using Amanda’s words as inspiration. This is a new response, Rose, a nestling and perfect.

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  4. This is beautiful, Rose. We all need the light so badly!

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  5. laurashovan222 says:

    Rose, your first two lines carry so much hope. “The dawn is ours” reminds me that when we’re struggling, tomorrow always has the possibility of being better.

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  6. cvarsalona says:

    Rose, the word light has had significant meaning to you this week. Amanda’s poem inspired you to write with heart. “when day comes we find light” is a truth for those who have hope and are willing to see the positivity of the world before them. Thank you for shining your light.

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  7. janicescully says:

    Wednesday was a hopeful day, more hopeful because of Amanda Gorman and it is reflected in your poem. Beautiful work, Rose.

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  8. maryleehahn says:

    Beautiful! What a great way to spotlight favorite lines!

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  9. Kay Mcgriff says:

    This is such a beautiful nestling from such a powerful poem.

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  10. haitiruth says:

    I love your nestling! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

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