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
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  • Kate Hawk (2/26/2007 5:59:00 PM)

    Wow...such an amazing poem, ive read many poems and these one really stands out to me...its both meaningful and true and its a beautifully written piece of poetry, deeply written, good job! (Report) Reply

  • Hugh Hue Carroll (9/11/2005 2:39:00 PM)

    Elsewhere I have seen folks perplexed by the apparent absence of angels in Maya's poem. For those who don't know, let me explain:

    Angels are not mentioned or even implied in this beautiful poem... everything this Great Master writes seems to radiate this beauty.

    It was written specially for the American TV series TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL... perhaps the greatest TV series ever made... to fit in with the plotline of an episode called 'Reunion'.

    It is included on the recent DVD issue (Region 1) of the Complete Second Season as well as the Time/Life release.

    Highly recommended to see Dr Angelou's strong performance as an actress but, of course, especially to hear her read her own words in that wonderful voice! (Report) Reply

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