Kelly Reilly, who plays the feisty Beth Dutton on the hit Paramount Network show, “Yellowstone,” has responded to the events at the inauguration on her Instagram account.
Kelly Reilly Responds to Amanda Gorman’s Poem
She shared a quote from Amanda Gorman, who recited a poem at the 2021 President Joe Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris inauguration.
She shared her quote, “There is always light if only we are brave enough to see it. If only we are brave enough to be it.”
Her fellow co-star, Cole Hauser, responded to her post. He wrote, “Amazing work today… looking forward to seeing this young women [sic] grow.”
Amanda Gorman at the Inauguration
Amanda Gorman, a 22-year-old poet, took the stage today to deliver a moving reading of her poem. The poem is titled, “The Hill We Climb.” She is the youngest to ever deliver the inaugural poem.
She echoed similar beliefs in that this nation needs to go through a period of unity, healing, grief, and hope to get over one of the toughest periods of American history.
Some of the amazing lines in her poem were, “We lay down our arms so we can reach out our arms to one another” or “Even as we grieved, we grew.”
In an interview with The New York Times, she discussed some of the topics that she addressed in her poem. She wants to shed light on the “harsh truths” America has not dealt with. She also wants to touch on collective healing and the theme of the day which is “America United.”
Gorman’s poem touches on the political unrest in recent weeks. She wrote in her poem, “We’ve seen a force that would shatter our nation rather than share it, Would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy. And this effort very nearly succeeded. But while democracy can be periodically delayed, It can never be permanently defeated.”
Creating the Poem
Gorman looked at the works of speakers like Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, and Martin Luther King, Jr. to learn how to speak in times of despair, but even more, times of great division.
She has been incredibly outspoken regarding both politics and the need for racial equality in this country. It is also the focus of many of her poems.
Gorman spoke from a personal place, as this landmark election has also put the first Black and South Asian woman in the role of vice-president. She wrote, “a country and a time where a skinny black girl descended from slaves and raised by a single mother can dream of becoming president, only to find herself reciting for one.”
She has two upcoming books with Penguin Random House as well as a poetry collection.