|Click here for Amanda Gorman at the 2021 Inauguration.|
Amanda Gorman decided to be president long before she was chosen as the youngest poet to read at a presidential inauguration. In her poem, “The Hill We Climb,” she alludes to a speech impediment but it wasn’t evident in her presentation.
Gorman has an auditory processing disorder and is hypersensitive to sound. She also had a speech impediment during childhood. Gorman participated in speech therapy during her childhood and Elida Kocharian of The Harvard Crimson wrote in 2018, "Gorman doesn't view her speech impediment as a crutch—rather, she sees it as a gift and a strength. Gorman told The Harvard Gazette in 2018,"I always saw it as a strength because since I was experiencing these obstacles in terms of my auditory and vocal skills, I became really good at reading and writing. I realized that at a young age when I was reciting the Marianne Williamson quote that "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure" to my mom"
|Flying Teepees by Becky Ripley|
Recently, Becky Ripley shared her amazing art with me in the form of a set of greeting cards. I coveted them too much to think about sending them to others, so I began to take each one as a writing prompt. It amazes me to see how these images take me into unexpected territory.
Here's the writing that came from this sparkling image:
by Joyce Wycoff
(We know the day we were born, but most of us do not know the day we will die. This love letter to my life is written on the day I've designated as my death day, the 17th of every month, and reminds me to be grateful for my incredible life.)
by Joyce Wycoff