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.’