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Tuesday, December 10, 2013


by Maya Angelou

Thunder rumbles in the mountain passes
And lightning rattles the eaves of our houses.
Flood waters await us in our avenues.

Snow falls upon snow, falls upon snow to avalanche
Over unprotected villages.
The sky slips low and grey and threatening.

We question ourselves.
What have we done to so affront nature?
We worry God.
Are you there? Are you there really?
Does the covenant you made with us still hold?

Into this climate of fear and apprehension, Christmas enters,
Streaming lights of joy, ringing bells of hope
And singing carols of forgiveness high up in the bright air.
The world is encouraged to come away from rancor,
Come the way of friendship.

It is the Glad Season.
Thunder ebbs to silence and lightning sleeps quietly in the corner.
Flood waters recede into memory.
Snow becomes a yielding cushion to aid us
As we make our way to higher ground.

Hope is born again in the faces of children
It rides on the shoulders of our aged as they walk into their sunsets.
Hope spreads around the earth. Brightening all things,
Even hate which crouches breeding in dark corridors.

In our joy, we think we hear a whisper.
At first it is too soft. Then only half heard.
We listen carefully as it gathers strength.
We hear a sweetness.
The word is Peace.
It is loud now. It is louder.
Louder than the explosion of bombs.

We tremble at the sound. We are thrilled by its presence.
It is what we have hungered for.
Not just the absence of war. But, true Peace.
A harmony of spirit, a comfort of courtesies.
Security for our beloveds and their beloveds.

We clap hands and welcome the Peace of Christmas.
We beckon this good season to wait a while with us.
We, Baptist and Buddhist, Methodist and Muslim, say come.

Come and fill us and our world with your majesty.
We, the Jew and the Jainist, the Catholic and the Confucian,
implore you to stay awhile with us
so we may learn by your shimmering light
how to look beyond complexion and see community.

It is Christmas time, a halting of hate time.
On this platform of peace, we can create a language
to translate ourselves to ourselves and to each other.
At this Holy Instant, we celebrate the Birth of Jesus Christ

Into the great religions of the world.
We jubilate the precious advent of trust.
We shout with glorious tongues the coming of hope.
All the earth’s tribes loosen their voices to celebrate the promise of

We, Angels and Mortals, Believers and Nonbelievers,
Look heavenward and speak the word aloud.

We look at our world and speak the word aloud.

We look at each other, then into ourselves,
And we say without shyness or apology or hesitation:

Peace, My Brother.
Peace, My Sister.
Peace, My Soul

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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
GENRE009 12/22/2013 2:50AM

    Love your depth of thoughts, great! We live during an age where we think we have to fight to get peace! In the 60'e the masses, mostly the youth felt that peace meant being peaceful, and not fighting. there are a lot of third world powers where there struggles are about survival, and power. It is very hard I guess sitting down with terrorist group mentaility. they don't they kill their own also, by the millions. It just sad. eva

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SDTOHIO 12/12/2013 4:13PM

    Merry Christmas and blessings to you emoticon

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GOSPELCLOWN 12/12/2013 1:17AM

    Peace, right back to YOU!

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IDLETYME 12/11/2013 3:01PM

    That's really beautiful. Thank you for sharing it with us!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CATIATM 12/11/2013 12:20PM


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    Beautiful poem! Thanks for sharing!!

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 12/11/2013 1:45AM

    That's wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing it.

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DEE107 12/11/2013 12:19AM

    thank you for sharing never read this before thank you

How is your DD and DSIL doing

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PHOENIX1949 12/10/2013 10:55PM

    Lovely, lovely, lovely. On the way to may non-Spark e-mail buddies. Thank you. Have a Blessed Christmas.

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JACKIE542 12/10/2013 9:53PM

    Just love it thank you for posting Lita. emoticon emoticon

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AURORADAWN5 12/10/2013 9:47PM

    Merry Christmas to you. I love Angelou's work.

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WILLOW49 12/10/2013 9:44PM

    Love it! Thanks for sharing with us :)

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JANTHEBLONDE 12/10/2013 8:55PM

    What an amazing poem! Thanks for sharing! Sending you some hugs!
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TRAVELNISTA 12/10/2013 8:32PM

    Just beautiful!

Peace, My Brother.
Peace, My Sister.
Peace, My Soul


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GENRE009 12/10/2013 7:37PM

    great! eva

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