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
This poem opened the civil wedding ceremony last Saturday, chosen by my eldest daughter and her husband.  They selected it for its relevance:   the words ‘ancient histories of pain’ refer to their previous marriages, which in my daughter’s case became traumatic.  Getting married again is an affirmation of the power of love to bring freedom and courage.
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8 thoughts on “TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL

  1. Well chosen by that wonderful daughter of yours….Maya has always been a shining star as far as I’m concerned, a fabulous woman, so talented and with such compassion and understanding!xxx

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    1. She captures the redeeming power of love so well in this poem.


    1. It’s a powerful, universal truth, Pete.


  2. I have a book of Maya Angelou’s poems, what a star she was, overcoming extraordinary pain in her life. When she was ready in herself to live in the world again, she burst into it, affirming, like your daughter and husband, that inner strengths and love of life were worth having. The legacy she has left us is the best memorial to Maya and a reminder what can be overcome and achieved.

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    1. She’s a favourite of my daughter, who I think has every book she wrote. She ‘s a true inspiration.


  3. Acutely Insightful Lady…..Great poem…..Power of Love, no less. Hugs!

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    1. The power of love to redeem the past – a timeless truth indeed.

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