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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.

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    1761 days ago
    I saw Miranda on 60 minutes and enjoyed his talk, songs and enthusiasm very much. Thanks for your blog it has a lot of meaning to it.
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  • L*I*T*A*
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    1769 days ago
    Oh, Jeanette, why do you always have the perfect words that you post before I can put my thoughts together??? (wink)

    Seriously, what she said. I haven't yet watched the Tony Awards. I knew the results, but want so much to see as much as I can of "Hamilton" as I can, until it comes to San Francisco and we can make the trip to the city to see it live. Lin Manuel is brilliant, and compassionate, and amazing. I hope he has a long and shining career on Broadway, and that people from around the world come and see his masterpieces. I will make time to watch the broadcast from Sunday, but I too was not in a good space to appreciate it. I'm still not, but I'm getting better.

    Thanks for always putting into words what some of us struggle to say. I can just say "what she said" and know that at least I'm affirming the message.

    Much love to you, and thank you for all you do to bring us all together. XXOOXXOOXXOOXX
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  • no profile photo JEANNETTE59
    Thank you for sharing this today. I tried to watch the Tony awards last night and heard this glorious sonnet. But in honesty my mind could not block out the horrors of the day and so recovering the exact words was filed under Do It Tomorrow. emoticon for being my filing system today. The file will be called Too Important To Forget!

    1769 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    I heard that gentleman reading that beautiful sonnet and I thought what a great idea. Hamilton is taking the world by storm and it would be such a treat to be able to see it live someday!
    Have a great Monday.
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  • PHOENIX1949

    “When I was a boy
    and I would see scary things in the news,
    my mother would say to me,
    “Look for the helpers.
    You will always find people who are helping.”
    To this day, especially in times of “disaster,”
    I remember my mother’s words
    and I am always comforted by realizing
    that there are still so many helpers
    – so many caring people in this world.”

    ~ Mister Rogers

    Yes, preemptive action to avoid future disasters is needed ASAP.
    1769 days ago
    Beautiful, thank you for sharing.
    1769 days ago
    Thank you for sharing the sonnet - I saw some of it on this morning's news (didn't have a chance to watch the Tony's last night). I am heartsick that there are people in this world who simply don't have the compassion to allow all people the right to be who and what they are. I don't understand that. I have my own opinions on things and they don't always concur with others but all that means is that we are not all the same and that's what makes our world a great place to be. If we combine all our differences we make a united whole and isn't that the point!

    Thanks for always being on point!
    1769 days ago
    Beautiful, heartfelt words... I will never understand why people choose to do such cowardly and horrific acts... to be without any kind of respect for humanity is unfathomable. Love is the only thing that keeps us going... Regardless of what happens or who does or says what the amount of love and kindness we choose to give and receive cannot be taken away. Hope you have a great week... emoticon
    1769 days ago
    SORELY needed today. Such a tragedy that hate is so prominent in this day and age. BUT it's quite important that we SEE THE POSITIVES that happen -- put some of THAT on the news.

    HUGS I keep thinking about what you told your DD -- we're all the same under the skin. I had to always tell my kids that (Korean adoptees) because they certainly had more than they should have endured due to their ethnicity.

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