Amanda Gorman continued with her winning streak at last night's Super Bowl. Becoming the first ever poet to perform at the famous sports event, the young artist recited a new poem honouring the evening's three honorary 'captains'.
Her uplifting and powerful tribute recognised educator Trimaine Davis, ICU nurse manager Suzie Dorner and veteran James Martin, who have all done their utmost to serve their communities during the pandemic. Gorman recited Chorus of the Captains on video, which was broadcast the trio's introduction on the field.
It's been an impressive start to the year for the 22-year-old. Following her breakout performance at President Biden's inauguration, she was signed to IMG Models, her books shot to the top of Amazon's best-seller list and she was interviewed by Michelle Obama for Time, also starring on the magazine's cover.
Read her latest poem here:
Today we honour 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 neighbours
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 non-stop,
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 front line 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 honour them today,
It is they who every day honour us.
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