poet Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

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The Week of Diana

The dark lantern of world sadness has cast its shadow upon the land.

We stumble into our misery on leaden feet.

Our minds seek to comprehend the unknowable and our hearts seek to

Measure a tomorrow without the Sunshine Princess.

Her hands which had held bright tiaras and jewelled crowns,

Also stroked the faces of pain along

Angola's dusty roads.

She was born to the privilege of plenty

Yet, she communed with the needy without a show of pompous piety.

Glowing in Bosnia, radiant at glittering balls,

We came to love her and claim her for her grace and accessibility.

Luminous always.

We smiled to see her enter and grinned at her happiness.

Now the world we made is forever changed…

Made smaller, meaner, less colorful.

Yet, because she did live,

Because she ventured life and confronted change,

She has left us a legacy.

We also may dare…

To care for some other than ourselves and those who look like us.

And maybe we can take a lesson from her

And try to live our lives

With passion, compassion, humor and grace.

Goodbye Sunshine Princess.

Poem Submitted: Wednesday, March 9, 2016

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  • L Milton Hankins (9/19/2020 11:46:00 AM)

    This poem is a marvelous tribute to Princess Diana. She describes the lovely princess perfectly.

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (8/31/2020 10:53:00 PM)

    try to live our lives
    With passion, compassion, humor and grace.
    Goodbye Sunshine Princess.
    caring for the sense of compassion of Diana. tony

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  • Christian C. New Hampshire (11/25/2019 10:26:00 AM)

    be for real lets make a deal

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  • Clive White (11/17/2019 11:59:00 AM)

    Beautiful and touching tribute from an amazing poetess.

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  • Moahamad SafanMoahamad Safan (8/21/2018 11:50:00 PM)

    god and amazing. it draws a good pattern of art about her feelings

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  • Lyn PaulLyn Paul (8/21/2018 3:49:00 PM)

    Everybody loved Princess Diana A true princess.
    How we now love Maya Angelou.
    Both of these women are an inspiration to us all.

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  • Howard The Motivational Poet SimonHoward The Motivational Poet Simon (8/21/2018 9:36:00 AM)

    Lovely lines loaded with love from on of the all times greatest poets.

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  • Sylvia Frances ChanSylvia Frances Chan (8/21/2018 8:32:00 AM)

    Touching Tribute to Angola, Bosnia through the gracious, accessible and luminous Sunshine Princess Diana.
    A breathless most beautiful poem, created with much love and care by the late world famous author Maya Angelou, I have known her through Oprah Winfrey in the USA. Congratulations as Modern Poem Of The Day! Myriad of 10's

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  • Adrian FlettAdrian Flett (8/21/2018 5:02:00 AM)

    We have abused and used and now suffer the consequences

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  • Alam SayedAlam Sayed (8/21/2018 2:02:00 AM)

    Maya Angelou's poems are too traditional. She uses clichéd images and word in a traditional way. Her ideas and metaphors are seldom original. She is so popular because of easy language, conventionality and somewhat cheap sentimentality. The poem is no exception.

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (8/21/2018 1:50:00 AM)

    It is a great tribute to Sunshine princess Diana having touching expression and nice collocation.

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  • Seeing Eye (8/21/2018 1:26:00 AM)

    A poem that starts with poetential and ends in a whimper.

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (8/21/2018 1:16:00 AM)

    Such a great poem by Maya Angelou👍👍👍

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  • Geeta Radhakrishna MenonGeeta Radhakrishna Menon (8/21/2018 12:46:00 AM)

    A touching tribute to the lovely Princess Diana.

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  • shadowsealer (3/14/2018 10:52:00 AM)

    It is amazing how she can put so much feeling in the poem about the sun

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  • diara (2/9/2018 9:22:00 AM)

    very touching and free thxx

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  • diara (2/9/2018 9:21:00 AM)

    this is lovely and free thxxx

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  • Tom Allport (2/13/2017 1:18:00 PM)

    a lovely befitting tribute poem for the peoples lost princess who really did care.

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  • Mizzy ........Mizzy ........ (9/10/2016 4:44:00 PM)

    Very touching dedication.......

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