A Monday sonnet
Monday, June 13, 2016
Last night at the Tony awards, Lin Manuel Miranda accepted one of his many awards for his AWESOME smash Broadway hit, Hamilton. Miranda wrote a sonnet for his wife, and for the people of Orlando, and read it at the Tony's:
My wife's the reason anything gets done.
She nudges me towards promise by degrees.
She is a perfect symphony of one,
our son is her most beautiful reprise.
We chase the melodies that seem to find us,
until they're finished songs and start to play,
when senseless acts of tragedy remind us
that nothing here is promised -- not one day.
This show is proof that history remembers
we live through times where hate and fear seem stronger.
We rise and fall, and light from dying embers:
remembrances that hope and love last longer.
And love is love is love is love is love is love
is love is love cannot be killed or swept aside.
I sing Vanessa's symphony, Eliza tells her story.
Now fill the world with music, love, and pride."
Do yourself a favor, and buy the Hamilton album, recorded by the cast, and listen to all of it. It might be the most magnificent album ever created. Every song is a joy, and every word teaches you how important our American story is. One of immigrants, one of struggle, one of success. Lin is a beautiful example of our history.
I thank you all for your comments on my blog yesterday. It meant a great deal to me. I have one last point to make. We are stronger as one. We are stronger together, without bigotry or hatred, or fingers pointed at one another. We must fix our wrongs together, we must stand together and realize that we do have a marvelous and wonderful country. We are already great. We can be greater. Write your congressperson, and demand a ban on assault weapons today.