Touched By An Angel (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.


Touched By An Angel is a poem about the power of love, yet it is not your typical cringeworthy love story, which is why it is up there with my favourite poems which i’ve been sharing this blog

The poet, Maya Angelou describes love as something which is difficult to find and even harder to understand.  Even when love is found, although it can give us courage and a sense of freedom, we are warned that it doesn’t automatically solve all life’s problems. For love to last, as with anything else worthwhile and worth having in life, it requires hard work, sacrifice and a devotion to each other.

Love shouldn’t be taken for granted, which is something i’m guilty of, but worked at constantly. Love is teamwork, and requires effort in order to survive life’s ups and downs. You may be able to  get away not putting the work in for a while, but eventually this will cause your relationship to come to a premature end. It’s far better, and healthier, to heed the poet’s advice that although love costs all we are, we should never stop doing whatever it takes to preserve it. After all, once love has been lost, it’s a long road back in which you need to prove that you can be trusted not to make the same mistakes again. Better not to take the love of another person for granted in the first place.








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