On Wednesday, Dr. Maya Angelou at the age of 86 passed away. As a poet, author, playwright, director, performer, actress, professor, producer, singer and civil right’s activist, she inspired most of us to live our best, strive to be the best and most of all love. Here are 7 ways Dr. Maya Angelou inspired us to LOVE.
|Here on the pulse of this new day
You may have the grace to look up and out
And into your sister’s eyes, into
Your brother’s face, your country
And say simply
On the Pulse in the Morning
|Give me your hand
Make room for me
to lead and follow
beyond this rage of poetry.
Let others have
the privacy of
and love of loss
Give me your hand
|Alone, all alone
Nobody, but nobody
Can make it out here alone.
|Lift up your hearts.
Each new hour holds new chances
For new beginnings.
The Rock Cries Out for Us Today
|Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can’t see.
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
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.
Touched by an Angel
|“Have enough courage to trust love one more time. And always one more time.”
Sometimes we don’t always know the right words to say that truly captures how we feel.
As part of relationship gratitude day 29, recite, or transcribe to your partner your favorite poem that captures exactly how they feel about them.
I am enclosing one of my favorite poems by Khalil Gibran on Marriage. I hope you enjoy.
You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore.
You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days.
Ay, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.
But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.
Love one another, but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,
Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.
Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
And stand together yet not too near together:
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.