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By Maya Angelou

Grace, dignity, and eloquence have lengthy been hallmarks of Maya Angelou's poetry. Her measured verses have stirred our souls, energized our minds, and healed our hearts. even if providing desire within the darkest of nights or expressing honest pleasure on the extraordinariness of the standard, Maya Angelou has served as our universal voice.

Celebrations is a suite of well timed and undying poems which are a vital part of the worldwide textile. a number of works became approximately as iconic as Angelou herself: the inspiring "On the heartbeat of Morning," learn at President William Jefferson Clinton's 1993 inauguration; the heartening "Amazing Peace," awarded on the 2005 lights of the nationwide Christmas Tree on the White condo; "A courageous and Startling Truth," which marked the 50th anniversary of the United countries; and "Mother," which fantastically honors the 1st lady in our lives. Angelou writes of celebrations private and non-private, a bar mitzvah desire to her nephew, a birthday greeting to Oprah Winfrey, and a memorial tribute to the past due Luther Vandross and Barry White.

More than a author, Angelou is a chronicler of historical past, an recommend for peace, and a champion for the planet, in addition to a patriot, a mentor, and a pal. To be shared and loved, the knowledge and poetry of Maya Angelou proves there's continuously reason for party.

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Brilliant with stars, the night will shake them While music plays, in gentle ease And wind will fill their sails and take them To other, undiscovered seas. Oh heavenly sky of streaming blue 1 Enormous wind, the sails blow free I Early Poems and Psalms 1 9 1 3-19zo Let wind and heavens g o hang I But oh Sweet Mary, let us keep the sea l 9 But then upon an April evening Without a star by which to steer The placid ocean, softly heaving Decides that they must disappear. The boundless sky they love is hiding The stars in smoke that shrouds their sight While their beloved winds are sliding The clouds towards the gentle light.

Out of sight. Foully cursing, they stumble About the camp, knocking against the branches That have crept between them. Arms slack, they hurl themselves wildly Into the growth, which slightly shivers As though stirred by a light breeze from outside it. After hours of work gloomily they press their sweating Foreheads against the alien branches. 0 Slowly grew over them. Later, at evening Which was darker because of the foliage growing They sat silent with fear, like apes in Their cages, dead beat with hunger.

Seven coolies prop up his canvas ; fourteen coolies prop up Neher Cas, who has been drinking because the sky is beautiful. 1 2. 0 Neher Cas sleeps on the stones at night and curses because they are hard. But that too he finds beautiful (the cursing included) He would like to paint it. Neher Cas paints the violet sky above Peshawar white because he's got no blue left in the tube. Slowly the sun eats him up. His soul is transfigured. Neher Cas painteth for evermore. At sea between Ceylon and Port Said, on the inside of the old sailing ship's hull, he paints his best picture, using three colours and the light from two portholes.

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