A poem for a divided nation

During the inauguration of US President Joe Biden on Wednesday, the nation's first-ever youth poet laureate Amanda Gorman read her poem, The Hill We Climb. The 22-year-old said she wrote the poem about national unity on the night rioters stormed the US Capitol on Jan 6. Here is the full text of the inaugural poem:

When day comes we ask ourselves,

where can we find light in this never-ending shade?

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 22, 2021, with the headline 'A poem for a divided nation'. Subscribe