Be the Light: Amanda Gorman, translated by Solomon Ratt

Amanda Gorman’s poetry and performance at yesterday’s Presidential inauguration was breathtaking. The closing phrase of her poem, “The Hill we Climb” offers a special aspiration that we can all hold dear. Thanks, Sol, for capturing it in Cree.

kapî ôma wâsaskotîw kîspin îsa ta-kî-sôhkitîhîyahk ta-wâpahtamahk;
kîspin îsa ta-kî-sôhkitîhîyahk ikosi ta-isi-ayâyahk.

ᑲᐲ ᐆᒪ ᐚᓴᐢᑯᑏᐤ ᑮᐢᐱᐣ ᐄᓴ ᑕ ᑮ ᓲᐦᑭᑏᐦᐄᔭᕽ ᑕ ᐚᐸᐦᑕᒪᕽ;
ᑮᐢᐱᐣ ᐄᓴ ᑕ ᑮ ᓲᐦᑭᑏᐦᐄᔭᕽ ᐃᑯᓯ ᑕ ᐃᓯ ᐊᔮᔭᕽ᙮

‘There is always light, if only we are brave enough to see it;
if only we are brave enough to be it.’
Amanda Gorman ‘The Hill We Climb.’

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