At the 2016 Tony Awards on Sunday, "Hamilton" star Lin-Manuel Miranda was so overwhelmed by the weekend's tragic news out of Orlando, Florida, that he took pen to paper and prepared a sonnet.
During Miranda's first visit to the stage to accept a Tony for his groundbreaking musical, Miranda recited a new poetic work, inspired by his wife and dedicated to the victims of the mass shooting at a nightclub that had taken place in Orlando hours before the awards show.
"I'm not freestyling, I'm too old," he told the crowd while accepting the Tony for Best Original Score. "I wrote you a sonnet instead."
Miranda's sonnet read:
"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 when hate and fear seem stronger
We rise and fall and light from dying embers remembrance that hope and love last forever.
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. Fill the world with music, love and pride."