In delivering the inaugural poem at President Barack Obama's second inauguration on Monday, Richard Blanco became the youngest, first Hispanic and first gay inaugural poet.

Blanco, 44, followed in the footsteps of such notables as Robert Frost and Maya Angelou.

The former civil engineer has previously said that he felt a calling to poetry in his mid-20s.

City of a Hundred Fires, his first collection of poems, won the 1997 Agnes Lunch Starrett Poetry Prize. His latest collection, Looking for the Gulf Motel, explores life as a gay Cuban man.

“It's trying to understand how I fit between negotiating the world, between being mainstream gay and being Cuban gay,” he told The New York Times.

“Since the beginning of the campaign, I totally related to his life story and the way he speaks of his family, and of course his multicultural background,” said Blanco, the son of Cuban exiles. “There has always been a spiritual connection in that sense. I feel in some ways that when I'm writing about my family, I'm writing about him.”

Blanco composed an original poem for the ceremony, titled One Day. (Video of Blanco reciting his poem is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)