Amanda Gorman Performs Breathtaking 'Chorus Of The Captains' Poem During Super Bowl

Katie O'Malley
·4-min read
Photo credit: Moschino - Instagram
Photo credit: Moschino - Instagram


Amanda Gorman has ticked off another career highlight this month following her performance at Super Bowl LV.

On Sunday, the 22-year-old became the first poet to perform at the annual sporting event. For her recital, the wordsmith appeared virtually in a pale blue floral embossed Moschino SS21 coat with embellished a metallic and pearl trim and a pearl crown headband.

In her poem, titled ‘Chorus of the Captains’, the first person to be named National Youth Poet Laureate honoured frontline workers who have continued fighting against the Coronavirus pandemic and cared for loved ones despite their own lives being put at risk.

Her poem honoured the efforts of three captains who took part in game’s famous coin toss: teacher Trimaine Davis, nurse Suzie Dorner and US Marine Corps veteran James Martin.

‘Today we honour our three captains for their actions and impact in a time of uncertainty and need,’ the poet noted. ‘They've taken the lead, exceeding all expectations and limitations, uplifting their communities and neighbours as leaders, healers and educators.’

Gorman’s performance received praise on social media, with many noting how ‘powerful’ and ‘riveting’ her words were.

Others felt inspired by the poet’s fashion choices for the night.

Read the full transcript of Gorman's poem 'Chorus of The Captains' below:

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 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 honour them today,

It is they who every day honour us.

The poet’s Super Bowl moment comes weeks after she received global recognition for reciting her poem ‘The Hill We Climb’ at President Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20. You can read the transcript to 'The Hill We Climb' here.

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