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One-Liner Wednesday Take 2: Democracy Cannot Be Defeated


Today’s prompt for 1linerWeds and JusJoJan was, “defeat.” I didn’t like it, though Linda used it in a very appropriate way. I wrote my first take on the prompt before President Joe Biden’s inauguration. After listening to Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman’s poem, “The Hill We Climb,” I found the perfect quote for the prompt. So here it is:

“But while democracy can be periodically delayed, It can never be permanently defeated.”

Amanda Gorman

Ms. Gorman, at 22, is the youngest poet to recite at an inauguration. As a child she overcame a speech impediment, an auditory disorder, that she believes helped her become a better writer. Here is her whole poem:

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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

15 thoughts on “One-Liner Wednesday Take 2: Democracy Cannot Be Defeated

  1. Great post, JoAnna! I think Amanda Gorman is an impressive young poet and thoruoghly enjoyed her recitation today. Thanks for posting the video! ā¤ It seems we got through day without the violence many of us feared. I am grateful for that!

  2. Wonderful. I believe the President has also battled with a stammer

  3. I had other commitments, so I joined the live stream of the inauguration late. But I did get a chance to hear Amanda’s recitation and was floored. It was really moving and 22? Sheez.

  4. Her performance and poem were powerful.

  5. Thank you for sharing!.. I watched the entire entire process and believe that democracy prevailed… the young lady was amazing and she will be a household name one day…. šŸ™‚

    Until we meet again…
    There are good ships and there a wood ships
    The ships that sail the sea,
    But the best ships are friendships
    And may they always be!
    (Irish Saying)

  6. A truly wonderful piece. I’m so grateful they chose Amanda to share her words with the world. She did such an incredible job.

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