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(4 April 1928)

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Touched by an Angel

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.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003


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  • George Rotondo (5/22/2013 8:12:00 PM)

    This is the most uplifting poem.

    15 person liked.
    5 person did not like.
  • Jackie Osae (4/14/2013 8:35:00 AM)

    This poem is so beautiful, I never get tired of reading it. Indeed, what an angel love is!

  • Robin Baker (9/25/2012 10:02:00 PM)

    what are some quotations that can be used in this poem, that used by Maya Angelou.

  • Ken E Hall (6/1/2012 8:23:00 AM)

    This poem certainly was touched by an angel... feelings from the soul...regards++++++10

  • Dash Black (12/25/2011 9:10:00 AM)

    My number 1 maya angelou poem, truly universal and appealin...

  • Shadow Girl (6/15/2011 8:56:00 AM)

    So deep and meaningful - you are a wise soul - SG

  • Spiros M (3/23/2011 3:05:00 PM)

    'And suddenly we see
    that love costs all we are
    and will ever be.
    Yet it is only love
    which sets us free. '

    Absolutely fantastic! Noone could have said it better!
    Please if you find the time read a couple of my poems..I would really like your opinion.

    Best regards

    Spiros

  • Smoky Hoss (11/2/2010 5:01:00 PM)

    Superb simple beauty.

  • Aida Melesse (8/4/2010 9:21:00 PM)

    I just LOVE this! ! ! ! !

  • Jalisha Maddox (4/19/2010 5:38:00 PM)

    this Poem is Awesome she is saying so little bt it means so much more

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