O say can we see,
by the Gone’s early flight,
What so loudly we failed
at the mornlight’s past gleaming,
Whose flawed stripes and strifed scars,
through the perilous plight,
Our wan hearts, we watched,
stirred and valiantly screaming.
And the rifle’s dread glare,
bullets bursting in air,
Gave truth in our sight
that our flag was not spared.
O say does that scar-mangled banner yet save
Our land of the free and the home of the brave?
– Amanda Gorman –
(July 4, 2022)
Amanda Gorman is the first National Youth Poet Laureate of the United States.