Maya Angelou

(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)

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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  • 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! (Report) Reply

  • 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. (Report) Reply

  • Ken E Hall (6/1/2012 8:23:00 AM)

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

  • 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 (Report) Reply

  • Alma Lopez (11/3/2009 10:18:00 PM)

    oh.. i love this poem
    it makes me want to cry
    she's a wonderful poet!
    awesome work comes from her ♥
    - Alma ') (Report) Reply

  • Jenna Thomas (8/24/2009 11:32:00 AM)

    This poem comes in perfect timing. I believe you've just said a mouthful. Thank you for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Seema Joglekar (8/17/2009 3:56:00 AM)

    thank you- a fulfilling perspective on love
    Love does arrive
    on a myriad gilded horses
    sets to shame our daily grosses
    enlivened with melancholy and it's farces (Report) Reply

  • Debra Cowley (6/21/2009 8:25:00 AM)

    Thank you it is Love that we first came from Ms Maya who you are from the creator God blessed you with talent to create the image of Love his being in us all you are in his book of life and you share the giving of such the gift. (Report) Reply

  • Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black (3/14/2009 7:02:00 PM)

    The Soul's coming to light....I love your poetry.

    If you have a chance please read my RAINBOW IN MOTION HAIKU..It is my favorite poem of the ones I've written and I believe it has a universal theme: The Rainbow. Thank you. (Report) Reply

  • PJ Pascual (2/12/2009 5:14:00 AM)

    I love this poem...it comes from the heart...thank you for sharing this with us... (Report) Reply

  • Ken E Hall (2/3/2009 6:41:00 PM)

    Your poem is like a pocketful of raindrops falling on your love and setting you free-wonderful
    regards (Report) Reply

  • Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black (9/14/2008 5:32:00 PM)

    Beautiful*********** Maya Angelou touches the mind and soul with the heartfelt words of a true poet.Wondefully brilliants poems.Thank you for your wonderfully soulfull words.************** (Report) Reply

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