On Inauguration Day, January 20, 2021, my warrior instincts rose within as I clung to each word of Amanda Gorman’s poem, “The Hill We Climb.” The tears  her poem evoked warmed my cheeks as I watched her tiny vessel transform into a fearless warrior. Consequently, I am stepping out of the shade and into the light to face this poetry challenge. I climb this mountain because Amanda Gorman launched the ascent to reach her own summit.

voice laced with courage
fearless as she climbed her hill
she silenced the world.