Amanda Gorman Shares Poem on America’s Inaction After School Shooting in Uvalde, Texas

Amanda Gorman speaks during Variety’s Power of Women event in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Sept. 30, 2021. (Amy Sussman / Getty Images for Variety file)

The poet Amanda Gorman used the power of words to illustrate the harsh reality of living in the U.S. amid the onslaught of mass shootings: “The truth is, one nation under guns.”

After the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday that left at least 19 children and two teachers dead, Gorman, the first National Youth Poet Laureate, took to social media to call for an end to gun violence.

Shortly after the shooting, the 24-year-old shared a poem on Twitter that she had written in light of the news.

Schools scared to death.

The truth is, one education under desks,

Stooped low from bullets;

That plunge when we ask

Where our children

Shall live

& how

& if

“What might we be if only we tried,” she wrote in another tweet that has almost 50,000 likes. “What might we become if only we’d listen.”

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SOURCE: NBC News, Claretta Bellamy