Ngala-Najla

I Celebrate Myself…

Maya Angelou

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I rode in the car with my friend, Alyce, a week ago to New York. On the way there we picked up her sister and her brother-in-law in Pennsylvania. A beautiful couple, made me at my most pessimistic of moments, believe in the possibility of real love, reciprocated love.

During the ride, Alyce told me about a poem she read at their wedding by Maya Angelou. Although I am not sure this is the right one, I found this beautiful poem:

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.

-Maya Angelou

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Author: ngalanjala

I Have Learned So much from God That I can no longer Call Myself A Christian, a Hindu, a Muslim, A Buddhist, a Jew. The Truth has shared so much of Itself With me That I can no longer call myself A man, a woman, an angel, Or even pure Soul. Love has Befriended Hafiz so completely It has turned to ash And freed Me Of every concept and image My mind has ever known. ~ Hafiz ~

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