Amanda Gorman, the youth Poet Laureate of 2017, delivered a poem for the 2021 presidential inauguration of Joe Biden, but ahead of the Superbowl Sunday, she delivered another poem. Her words honored "three captains for their actions and impact in a time of uncertainty and need."
It was a touching tribute to the captains not only of the teams taking the field but of those who Americans thanked for their work during the pandemic. James Martin, Trimaine Davis, Suzie Dorner and heroes everywhere trying to keep the country safe.
"Chorus of the Captains," a poem by @TheAmandaGorman to honor James Martin, Trimaine Davis, Suzie Dorner and commun… https://t.co/rFlbnN4qwo— NFL (@NFL) 1612741128.0
Here's her poem "Chorus of the Captains":
Today we honor our three captains
For their actions and impact in
A time of uncertainty and need.
They've taken the lead,
Exceeding all expectations and limitations,
Uplifting their communities and neighbors
As leaders, healers, and educators.
James has felt the wounds of warfare,
But this warrior still shares
His home with at-risk kids.
During Covid, he's even lent a hand
Live-streaming football for family and fans.
Trimaine is an educator who works nonstop,
Providing his community with hotspots,
Laptops, and tech workshops,
So his students have all the tools
They need to succeed in life and in school.
Suzie is the ICU nurse manager at a Tampa Hospital.
Her chronicles prove that even in tragedy, hope is possible.
She lost her grandmothers to the pandemic,
And fights to save other lives in the ICU battle zone,
Defining the frontline heroes risking their lives for our own.
Let us walk with these warriors,
Charge on with these champions,
And carry forth the call of our captains!
We celebrate them by acting
With courage and compassion,
By doing what is right and just.
For while we honor them today,
It is they who every day honor us.
Gorman's words inspired many online amid the difficult times we face. See their comments below:
Amanda Gorman is RIVETING! She is powerful. She is inspirational. She is uplifting. I. AM. IN. AWE.— Glenn Kirschner (@Glenn Kirschner) 1612740982.0
Absolute Love @TheAmandaGorman! During some of our darkest times, Amanda is a bright light sharing words of inspir… https://t.co/jrmdr9t9HQ— Joseph Sakran (@Joseph Sakran) 1612741576.0
Meanwhile @TheAmandaGorman is making poetry cool again like she’s possessed with the spirit of Maya Angelou. #SuperBowl— Joy WE VOTED!! WEAR A MASK!! Reid 😷) (@Joy WE VOTED!! WEAR A MASK!! Reid 😷)) 1612740805.0
Amanda Gorman’s Super Bowl poem was amazing. Wow. #SuperBowl— Scott Dworkin (@Scott Dworkin) 1612740880.0
Amanda Gorman’s delivery of the spoken word for heroes and Covid remembrance was beautiful and powerful.#SuperBowl https://t.co/YOtCILnt5E— Christopher 🇺🇸 Proud Dem (@Christopher 🇺🇸 Proud Dem) 1612740951.0
#SuperBowl pregame with President and First Lady, Amanda Gorman, essential workers, H.E.R., military flyover and o… https://t.co/ECrKD4V0mn— Christine Pelosi (@Christine Pelosi) 1612741260.0
Yes, @TheAmandaGorman with inspiring words about American health care heroes to start #SuperBowlLV https://t.co/kJ6uIGfnyB— Barb McQuade (@Barb McQuade) 1612740882.0