Prior to hearing Amanda Gorman’s Inaugural poem, I had asked floral artist Jackie Kramer for a photograph that conveys a joyful sense of hope.
Here is what she gave us. Beautiful, isn’t it?
And speaking of hope, did you notice that in Amanda S. C. Gorman’s Inaugural poem, she, like poets and artists throughout the centuries, invoked a flower to describe a vision of the future.
“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 are brave enough to be it.”
This photo spoke to the message of Gorman’s poem which is why we selected it. It simultaneously shows the necessity of work to create beauty and is both strong but not dense, light, and playful while also purposeful.