Barclay Friends Residents Reflect on "The Hill We Climb" Poem

This past week, residents spent time reflecting on the poem by Amanda Gorman entitled “The Hill We Climb.” Gorman famously recited this poem during the 2021 Presidential Inauguration. Reading the poem inspired several to create artwork in an individual setting as well as in small group setting. One resident did a solo piece in which she wrote “battered and beautiful” depicting new growth on a battered tree.

As a group, residents felt the connection between the end of the poem which states

  • The new dawn blooms as we free it
  • For there is always light,
  • if only we’re brave enough to see it
  • If only we’re brave enough to be it.”

Reflecting about how these words share a common theme with Quaker practice, such as the phrase, “I will hold you in the light” as an expression of peace, healing and comfort, residents collaborated using these words on the canvases. Click through the slider below to see the artwork!