Tom Brady is feeling a little philosophical ahead of his ninth Super Bowl.

The New England Patriots quarterback, who has become quite the active Instagram user, shared a pretty lengthy post-Thursday night and it wasn’t something he came up with, rather a poem.

Brady’s post from Atlanta featured a photo of the 41-year-old and Rob Gronkowski, and had this Douglas Malloch poem for a caption.

“’The tree that never had to fight
For sun and sky and air and light,
But stood out in the open plain
And always got its share of rain,
Never became a forest king
But lived and died a scrubby thing.

The man who never had to toil
To gain and farm his patch of soil,
Who never had to win his share
Of sun and sky and light and air,
Never became a manly man
But lived and died as he began.

Good timber does not grow with ease,
The stronger wind, the stronger trees,
The further sky, the greater length,
The more the storm, the more the strength.
By sun and cold, by rain and snow,
In trees and men good timbers grow.

Where thickest lies the forest growth
We find the patriarchs of both.
And they hold counsel with the stars
Whose broken branches show the scars
Of many winds and much of strife.
This is the common law of life’
Douglas Malloch #3days”

(You can view the whole post here)

Brady and Gronkowski have been the franchise’s cornerstones for some time now (some longer than others, of course), and it sure sounds like they’re ready for Sunday’s tilt at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.