Touched by an Angel

While I am waiting for my washer to finish a load of laundry I searched online for poems to read. Writers do not exist in isolation, and many of us improve or enrich our craft by reading the work of others. Poetry is something that I read and write for my own pleasure.  Now it is my hope that my words touch someone deeply when they read my poems as passion hits the page as something concrete. Fragments of words when placed together on the page bring deep meanings or convey powerful images.

Maya Angelou is a poet whose work I do enjoy reading, because she pours something sincere and passionate into what she writes. “Touched by an Angel” reminds me on a deep level of the message found in the book The Choice for Love by Maggie Victor. Maggie Victor’s book presents the struggles that the human heart experiences as one makes the choice for Love. The path of the heart requires bravery to make the journey through fear towards the freedom of love.

Below you will find her poem “Touched by an Angel.” She spent some time starring on a television series that went by the same name. Now I do not know if her poem inspired the television series, or the series inspired the poem.

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.

Maya Angelou

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