Lin-Manuel Miranda is a master of words. He knows the exact way to make words flow in a way that makes you feel good. So of course his new book Gmorning, Gnight!, which is out now, needed a special way to be introduced to the world.
But first, a little about the book: This is not a memoir or YA novel but rather an inspirational self-help book of sorts. Miranda has been tweeting out beautiful inspiring words for a couple of years now and people loved it so much that they wanted a compilation of his best, most special, tweets. The result in Gmorning, Gnight! is something that everyone should have in arms reach because it’s really that good.
Now, in the books introduction, Miranda has unveiled a poem that not only tells you a little about the book, but does what the book is intended to do: make you feel better. It’s so perfect!
Here it is (thanks to Vulture) but we suggest you listen to the audio and follow along because Miranda’s voice makes the words come alive.
I wanted to wish you good morning.
I wanted to wish you good night.
I started to write these on Twitter,
A way of just being polite.
I’m really quite hooked on the Twitter,
They should take my phone out and lock it.
The biggest distraction for someone like me?
An audience up in my pocket.
So I start the day with a greeting.
And end with a night variation.
It safeguards my evenings and weekends at home,
To sign off, a mini-vacation.
The greetings are sometimes flirtatious,
Or cheeky, or weirdly specific.
They’re pulled from my life or my brain or my thoughts,
Terrific’ly Twitter prolific.
I don’t have a book of quotations
Or wisdom I pull from the shelf;
Most often the greetings I wish you
Are the greetings I wish for myself.
So if I write “relax,” then I’m nervous,
Or if I write, “cheer up,” then I’m blue.
I’m writing what I wish somebody would say,
Then switching the pronoun to you.
And after a few years of greetings,
They started to vary in tone;
And people said, “Lin, your gmornings and nights
Are the nicest things up in my phone.”
Now I get tweets like “This saved me”
Or often, “I need this reminder.”
You tell me, “I printed this out and I keep it
Around, on my desk, in my binder.
So you asked, “Will you make a book, please?”
I replied, “Oh, consider it done.”
Then I reached out to Kassandra Tidland
Who lit’rally RT’s my best T’s for fun.
And speaking of best T’s, and besties,
There’s besties I’ve made through my writing.
Among them is polymath Jonathan Sun,
His drawings and words so inviting.
Then we sat down together and made this;
It’s the book that you hold in your hands.
You can open it at any moment or page
With the hope you find something that lands.
And it’s nice to have things to hold on to,
Some kindness right here, within sight.
You can read this whenever you want to.
It will be here. Gmorning. Gnight.