Maya Angelou

(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)

Touched By An Angel - Poem by Maya Angelou

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.

Comments about Touched By An Angel by Maya Angelou

  • Loppo Louie Loppo Louie (8/13/2016 9:31:00 AM)

    Another great poem by Maya.
    Angel comes walking by. (Report) Reply

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  • Richard Wlodarski (7/26/2016 3:23:00 AM)

    Love has the power to heal evil. (Report) Reply

  • Jeanie  Leyba Jeanie Leyba (7/4/2016 4:21:00 PM)

    That is an awesome poem very beautiful and moving
    also inspiring and creative. Thanks for sharing (Report) Reply

  • Sophie Woo (6/3/2016 11:39:00 PM)

    Yet it is only love
    which sets us free.
    I believe that's true. (Report) Reply

  • Ismael Subba Ismael Subba (4/20/2016 10:26:00 PM)

    Great work (Report) Reply

  • David Lumpkin David Lumpkin (4/5/2016 9:36:00 AM)

    A price to pay. This is true but its value exceeds anything life can offer. (Report) Reply

  • Savita Tyagi (4/4/2016 8:44:00 PM)

    Love costs all we every thing in life love demands sacrifice. (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams Susan Williams (4/4/2016 4:36:00 PM)

    An uncomfortable truth. People who have been hurt by love or whatever masks itself in the guise of love are extremely hard to be touched again. Most of these people would certainly not receive that touch with open arms and would be dubious when they should be trusting. Thus people who have been harmed before now continue the harm by sabotaging themselves. A lonely position to be in.- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - ]
    And suddenly we see
    that love costs all we are
    and will ever be.
    Yet it is only love
    which sets us free. (Report) Reply

  • Kim Barney (4/4/2016 9:27:00 AM)

    Yet it is only love
    which sets us free.
    A fitting poem by Maya on what would have been her 88th birthday. How we miss her! (Report) Reply

  • Barry Middleton Barry Middleton (4/4/2016 7:47:00 AM)

    Indeed a wonderful and completely honest poem. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis Edward Kofi Louis (4/4/2016 3:19:00 AM)

    Exiles from delight! Nice piece of work. (Report) Reply

  • Akhtar Jawad Akhtar Jawad (4/4/2016 12:52:00 AM)

    What a poetess was Maya Angelou! What a poem is it! (Report) Reply

  • Emebet Mesfin Emebet Mesfin (4/4/2016 12:22:00 AM)

    Happy Birthday, Maya Angelou! Each word gives energy, hope and most of all love. (Report) Reply

  • Rajesh Thankappan Rajesh Thankappan (2/26/2016 10:47:00 AM)

    To put it in a nutshell, love liberates. Simple message conveyed fantastically. (Report) Reply

  • Paul Sebastian Paul Sebastian (1/25/2016 9:55:00 AM)

    Bound in love sets one free. (Report) Reply

  • Kim Jong Un (1/21/2016 8:27:00 AM)

    hello my name is Kim Jong Un, My hobbies are nuking shit and killing civilians.: D pyongshin you are my frent (Report) Reply

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  • Nisha Charles Nisha Charles (1/13/2016 11:56:00 PM)

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    Beautiful! .......Yet it is only love which sets us free. Already Reported Reply

  • Alisha Castle Alisha Castle (1/6/2016 1:47:00 AM)

    Impressive poem....................... (Report) Reply

  • Ernest Makuakua Ernest Makuakua (12/19/2015 1:14:00 AM)

    yes true you can say that again. love truly does set one free. how i love your work (Report) Reply

  • Dale Bronson Dale Bronson (11/11/2015 8:42:00 PM)

    outstanding......... (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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