Day 3 #TheLoveChallenge : Touched By an Angel

Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love the late Maya Angelou. Her writing influenced a lot of my earlier stuff. I felt for Day 3, this poem by her was apt. It’s #BlackHistoryMonth and although this means nothing for us Africans I decided it was still a great way to honour Miss Maya and all other African-Americans.

Touched By an Angel is about love and how we are before love enters our lives. It talks about what love does to us and the changes it brings about.

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.

by Maya Angelou


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