On Sunday, Lin-Manuel Miranda accepted the award for Best Original Score at the Tonys. While at the podium, he took the opportunity to share a sonnet he'd written that addressed the horrific mass shooting of 50 people in an Orlando gay club early that morning. His lines address the love he feels for his wife and son, the creative act, and finally the dark truth we're reminded of when things like this happen—all we have is love, and that love is valuable no matter who you are.
"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/ Remembrances that hope and love lasts longer/ And love is 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."
From the writers of this blog to our LGBTQ readers, their families and friends, and to the people of Orlando mourning the terrible loss in their communities, we send love. Never has Pride month felt so significant. Even if we are not together, we march side by side.