Continuing

I found out about this poem from my good friend, Jenny Collins, who said, “As we head into what is likely to be an intense year, I share these words as a guidepost for myself and our tribe.”

CONTINUE: a poem
by Maya Angelou

My wish for you
Is that you continue
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To be who and how you are
To astonish a mean world
With your acts of kindness 
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To allow humor to lighten the burden
Of your tender heart 
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In a society dark with cruelty
To let the people hear the grandeur
Of God in the peals of your laughter 
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To let your eloquence
Elevate the people to heights
They had only imagined 
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To remind the people that
Each is as good as the other
And that no one is beneath
Nor above you 
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To remember your own young years
And look with favor upon the lost
And the least and the lonely 
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To put the mantle of your protection
Around the bodies of
The young and defenseless 
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To take the hand of the despised
And diseased and walk proudly with them
In the high street
Some might see you and
Be encouraged to do likewise 
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To plant a public kiss of concern
On the cheek of the sick
And the aged and infirm
And count that as a
Natural action to be expected 
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To let gratitude be the pillow
Upon which you kneel to
Say your nightly prayer
And let faith be the bridge
You build to overcome evil
And welcome good 
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To ignore no vision
Which comes to enlarge your range
And increase your spirit 
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To dare to love deeply
And risk everything
For the good thing 
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To float
Happily in the sea of infinite substance
Which set aside riches for you
Before you had a name 
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And by doing so
You and your work
Will be able to continue
Eternally

 

Comments

Thank you so much for posting this beautiful poem. I have never seen it before but today it has come to my attention twice in just a few hours time. I can't tell you how much I needed to read it. The first time I saw it on another webpage, I was a bit distracted but this second time, I read it slow and let it sink in. I believe it is an answer to a prayer cried early today for help. I just had to let you know. Thank you for your part in that answer. Blessings to you and on whatever the good work is related to your upcoming announcement.

Wow, Kate, thank you! Thank you for sharing this. I’m so glad you found it helpful. Blessings to you.

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