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Poetry Crush Wenesday: Maya Angelou

16th December 2015

As usual, wenesday rings in the half way mark of our work/school week & with just one more exam to go, I can not wait for this week to be over! In today’s post, I decided to  join in with the current instagram craze & share with you guys my woman crush wenesday.

Silly me, ofcourse I meant #PoetryCrushWenesday. Who so happens to be a woman, a phenomenal one that is.

Maya AngelouOne that taught me: I ought to laugh when I think about myself. For life is one great big joke.  A dance that’s walked, a song that’s spoke, therefore I should laugh. Laugh so hard, I nearly choke.

Who reminded me: they might shoot me with their words, may cut me with their eyes. Or even worse, might kill me with their hatefulness… But still, like the air, I’ll rise.

By now it should be clear I’m refering to the great Marguerite Johnson, better known as Maya Angelou. A beautiful soul, celebrated for being a civil rights activist, amongst many of her other achievement but mostly for her poems. As much as I’d like to share them all with you, I can’t. Even my list of personal faves is too long, so I’ll just share one.

Happy Readings!

-xoxo- Alida


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.

Image source @ Ophrah.com

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  • Reply Keneshia 16th December 2015 at 22:07

    Now you understand
    Just why my head’s not bowed.

    I don’t shout or jump about
    Or have to talk real loud.

    When you see me passing
    It ought to make you proud.

    I say,
    It’s in the click of my heels,
    The bend of my hair,
    the palm of my hand,
    The need of my care,
    ‘Cause I’m a woman

    ^ of course I had to share one of my all-time favorite poems! Love how this poem makes me and other women feel!

    • Reply lemondedalida 17th December 2015 at 01:26

      I totally love that feeling as well. Thanks for sharing my oplove?

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