Thanks Maya Angelou

052814_an_angelouread2_640I first encountered Maya Angelou in college, when we were assigned I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings as one of our readings.  Reading that book was an amazing experience, and I have been an admirer of her work ever since.  Her’s was a rare and wonderful voice, speaking truth with clarity and compassion.  I offer her poem Touched by an Angel on the blog this week, in thanksgiving for her — an angel in her own right who touched so many of us.

We, unaccustomed to courage
exiles from delight
live coiled in shells of loneliness
until love leaves its high holy temple
and comes into our sight
to liberate us into life.

Love arrives
and in its train come ecstasies
old memories of pleasure
ancient histories of pain.
Yet if we are bold,
love strikes away the chains of fear
from our souls.

We are weaned from our timidity
In the flush of love’s light
we dare be brave
And suddenly we see
that love costs all we are
and will ever be.
Yet it is only love
which sets us free.

— Maya Angelou

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