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.
One 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.
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.
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.
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