Everything Hurts


Amanda Gorman, Poem, Gun Violence, Death, Sadness, Black and White

Searching for Hope

 

Hymn for the Hurting 

~Amanda Gorman

Everything hurts,
Our hearts shadowed and strange,
Minds made muddied and mute.
We carry tragedy, terrifying and true.
And yet none of it is new;
We knew it as home,
As horror,
As heritage.
Even our children
Cannot be children,
Cannot be.

Everything hurts.
It’s a hard time to be alive,
And even harder to stay that way.
We’re burdened to live out these days,
While at the same time, blessed to outlive them.

This alarm is how we know
We must be altered —
That we must differ or die,
That we must triumph or try.
Thus while hate cannot be terminated,
It can be transformed
Into a love that lets us live.

May we not just grieve, but give:
May we not just ache, but act;
May our signed right to bear arms
Never blind our sight from shared harm;
May we choose our children over chaos.
May another innocent never be lost.

Maybe everything hurts,
Our hearts shadowed & strange.
But only when everything hurts
May everything change.

 

Click here to learn more about Amanda Gorman’s work. 

 

 

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66 comments

  1. 👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌

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  2. Going through a very rough patch where everything seems to be falling apart. We certainly need a time out.

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  3. Love it! So realistic and deep

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  4. Beautiful words expressing the pain, frustration, and hope. Lovely seascape as well.

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  5. poignant words and a lot of truth about the human condition contained within. thanks for sharing

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  6. So much emotion in this poem. I agree with your perspective.

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  7. Once again you’ve managed to create a perfect post that speaks volumes so eloquently. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

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  8. Amanda always seems to find the right words and you always seem to find the right quotes, Jane. ❤

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  9. Amanda Gorman is a treasure. A fitting poem for the time …. and your opening image and title deliver a supportive message.

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  10. Stand up and be counted! We need all to have as much courage as possible…to rein in this insanity… 🙏🙏😍

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  11. I’d never heard of Amanda Gorman but I was moved by the poem and clicked on the link you provided. She sounds an amazing young woman with a strong voice. I hope people like her are listened to in your country but as always I’m saddened by the numbers who say that preserving this right to bear arms takes precedence over any consideration of the consequences of doing so.

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    • Hi Sarah, Amanda hit the world stage when she read her poem, “The Hill We Climb” at President Biden’s inauguration. I’m glad you were compelled to look at her website. Our country is broken and the senseless violence and loss of life is unending. Thank you for your visit here. 💔

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  12. I love Amanda Gorman. Her words are like a balm on the wounds our country is experiencing.

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  13. Thank you for sharing this poem of Amanda Gorman. I appreciate the words this young woman writes, speaking a truth few politicians are willing to accept.

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  14. Endearing and truthful words!

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  15. Let us hope the ending of the poem becomes reality

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  16. Beautiful words…
    Have a nice sunday Jane

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  17. What humans are capable of😥

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  18. Jane – powerful post – heavy and yet left us with hope with that humanity connection

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  19. Thanks, Jane. The sun’s rays like that always make me think of the glory of God, all that gets us through times like these.

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  20. Thank you for sharing Amanda’s poignant prose Jane.

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  21. Thank you, Jane. Everything does hurt, but a wee bit less now. 💚

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  22. Let light shine through the darkness ! 💡

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  23. The light does seem to be obscured these days and it’s hard to know what to say in a public space like a blog. This is good, Jane.

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  24. Beautiful, Jane.David xx

    Sent from the all new AOL app for iOS

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  25. Avoidance seems to be a mechanism to keep from sinking into pure utter depression these days… your post jolted me back to this awful reality facing us. But the image of the sun rays peeking through, above and below the clouds does suggest hope.
    Thank you, Jane! I suspect we’re all reeling and doing out best to cope! 🙏💞
    “But only when everything hurts
    May everything change.”

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