Maya Angelou

(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)

Touched By An Angel - Poem by Maya Angelou

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.

Comments about Touched By An Angel by Maya Angelou

  • (12/30/2017 3:37:00 PM)

    Better than the road not taken. (Report) Reply

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  • (12/24/2017 8:01:00 AM)

    Beautiful poem.....loved itt. (Report) Reply

  • (11/29/2017 3:05:00 PM)

    i love your poem i miss you very much i love you Maya Angelou (Report) Reply

  • Darlington Chukwunyere (11/14/2017 9:59:00 AM)

    It always feels good reading simple and edifying poems. Thank you so much for shearing (Report) Reply

  • (11/8/2017 6:35:00 PM)

    Amazing! Her Free Verse, Prose and poetry are all breathtaking! (Report) Reply

  • Sakalabaktula Sairaj (10/20/2017 2:17:00 AM)

    so nice i really so happy by reading this poem.. write some more poem like this.. its simple and so good
    i loved this poem i dedicate this to my girl friend so nice
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  • Rogelio Guillermo (10/12/2017 1:07:00 AM)

    Greatness of this poet resides in her masterful use of figures of speech without having to worry about being difficult to understand... Admirable. (Report) Reply

  • Suresh Raavi (6/24/2017 9:55:00 AM)

    Understanding the love is the happiest feeling. (Report) Reply

  • Sylva-onyema Uba (2/23/2017 1:01:00 PM)

    old memories of pleasure

    Nicely written and communicated.

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  • Taghreed Atallah (1/27/2017 6:45:00 AM)

    Such awarm text, i like it how she look to life, how she advice to be brave and strong (Report) Reply

  • (11/2/2016 3:24:00 AM)

    Your work is lovely and phenomenal (Report) Reply

  • Loppo Louie (8/13/2016 9:31:00 AM)

    Another great poem by Maya.
    Angel comes walking by.
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  • (7/26/2016 3:23:00 AM)

    Love has the power to heal evil. (Report) Reply

  • Jeanie  Leyba (7/4/2016 4:21:00 PM)

    That is an awesome poem very beautiful and moving
    also inspiring and creative. Thanks for sharing
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  • (6/3/2016 11:39:00 PM)

    Yet it is only love
    which sets us free.
    I believe that's true.
    (Report) Reply

  • Ismael Subba (4/20/2016 10:26:00 PM)

    Great work (Report) Reply

  • David Lumpkin (4/5/2016 9:36:00 AM)

    A price to pay. This is true but its value exceeds anything life can offer. (Report) Reply

  • Savita Tyagi (4/4/2016 8:44:00 PM)

    Love costs all we every thing in life love demands sacrifice. (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (4/4/2016 4:36:00 PM)

    An uncomfortable truth. People who have been hurt by love or whatever masks itself in the guise of love are extremely hard to be touched again. Most of these people would certainly not receive that touch with open arms and would be dubious when they should be trusting. Thus people who have been harmed before now continue the harm by sabotaging themselves. A lonely position to be in.- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - ]
    And suddenly we see
    that love costs all we are
    and will ever be.
    Yet it is only love
    which sets us free.
    (Report) Reply

  • Kim Barney (4/4/2016 9:27:00 AM)

    Yet it is only love
    which sets us free.
    A fitting poem by Maya on what would have been her 88th birthday. How we miss her!
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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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