By Mike Murphy
Amanda Gorman, who wowed Americans with her original poem at President Joe Biden’s inauguration, has done it again.
The 22-year-old youth poet laureate spoke on video Sunday before Super Bowl LV kicked off, with words honoring America’s frontline health-care workers, teachers and military veterans.
“Poetry at the Super Bowl is a feat for art & our country, because it means we’re thinking imaginatively about human connection even when we feel siloed,” Gorman said in a tweet Sunday . “I’ll honor 3 heroes who exemplify the best of this effort. Here’s to them, to poetry, & to a #SuperBowl like no other.”
Here’s her poem from Sunday, “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
Love-streaming football for family and fans.
Trimaine is an educator who worlds nonstop,