Amanda Gorman has once again shared a breathtaking masterpiece that left the nation speechless. This time, she took part in the Super Bowl by reading a poem she wrote for the three heroes who were chosen to do the game’s coin toss.
While the poem focuses on teacher Trimaine Davis, ICU nurse Suzie Dorner, and Marine veteran James Martin, it sums up how we all feel about the frontline workers who have led the world through the novel coronavirus pandemic. Gorman truly has a way with words!
The poem, which is titled “Chorus of the Captains,” reads:
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
Love-streaming football for family and fans.
Trimaine is an educator who worlds 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.
This is the second time in a month that Gorman has used her talent to spread hope. In January, she took the stage at the inauguration, where she read “The Hill We Climb,” a masterpiece about a healing nation and coming together despite our differences.
At just 23 years old, Gorman eloquently speaks the words so many people have struggled to find over the last year. As if that wasn’t enough, her message of honor and gratitude to Trimaine, Suzy, and James perfectly sums up how we feel about the heroes we’ve come to know throughout the pandemic.
Watch her stunning Super Bowl performance in the video below, and don’t forget to share this story to remind everyone to thank our heroes.
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