September 17, 2009

Touched By An Angel

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--Description: 21st C, Angelou, M., Hope, Love--
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

--Did You Know: Dr. Maya Angelou is a remarkable Renaissance woman who is hailed as one of the great voices of contemporary literature. As a poet, educator, historian, best-selling author, actress, playwright, civil-rights activist, producer and director, she continues to travel the world, spreading her legendary wisdom. Within the rhythm of her poetry and elegance of her prose lies Angelou's unique power to help readers of every orientation span the lines of race and Angelou captivates audiences through the vigor and sheer beauty of her words and lyrics. The works of Maya Angelou encompass autobiography, poetry, plays, screenplays for television and film, directing, acting, and speaking. She is best known for her series of six autobiographies, starting with the critically acclaimed I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), which was nominated for a National Book Award. Angelou did not write Caged Bird with the intention of writing a series of autobiographies, but critics have "judged the subsequent autobiographies in light of the first".

--Word of the Day: equanimity / (ee-kwuh-NIM-i-tee, ek-wuh-) (noun):
Evenness of temper in all circumstances.
"Even as a young netball star, Tharjini had no inflated opinion about herself nor did she ever take offence at the numerous teasing remarks or stares that her height drew. She met both celebrity status and silly remarks with equanimity."
Thulasi Muttulingam; A Player With Many Highs in Her Life; The Sunday Times (Colombo, Sri Lanka); Jul 12, 2009.

--Quote of the Day: But men must know, that in this theatre of man's life it is reserved only for God and angels to be lookers on.
-Francis Bacon

--French Word of the Day: ange /angel (noun m.):
(eg) Elle a un ange gardien qui s'occupe d'elle.
(transl) She has a guardian angel taking care of her.

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M.E.Gaines on September 21, 2009 at 4:31 PM said...

A beautiful description of the pains of life and the wonders of love.

V. Mahfood on September 21, 2009 at 5:01 PM said...

I found this poem to be a very accurate description of love. Leave it to Maya Angelou to get right down to business. I spend a few hours a week on your beautiful site Poems By Name.
Writing seems to flow from you! Thank you for your kind words.

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