Posted by: Admin | April 5, 2012

“Sun, Rain, Curving Sky…”

Maya Angelou was one of my first “Words of Wisdom” subjects and still one of the most read posts. Author of “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”, one of my favourite quotes from her is:

“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.”

Today is her 84th birthday. Below is her poem, “Woman Work”. Let the final verse propel you into the Easter weekend with a sense of joy.

Woman Work

I’ve got the children to tend
The clothes to mend
The floor to mop
The food to shop
Then the chicken to fry
The baby to dry
I got company to feed
The garden to weed
I’ve got shirts to press
The tots to dress
The can to be cut
I gotta clean up this hut
Then see about the sick
And the cotton to pick.

Shine on me, sunshine
Rain on me, rain
Fall softly, dewdrops
And cool my brow again.

Storm, blow me from here
With your fiercest wind
Let me float across the sky
‘Til I can rest again.

Fall gently, snowflakes
Cover me with white
Cold icy kisses and
Let me rest tonight.

Sun, rain, curving sky
Mountain, oceans, leaf and stone
Star shine, moon glow
You’re all that I can call my own. 

Maya Angelou
 
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Responses

  1. Wow, I’ve never heard thsi before, how beautiful, I’ve printed it out and stuck on my fridge, totally inspiring .xx

  2. What an inspirational lady! Love the poem and the image!

  3. thanks for sharing that beautiful poem—and your photo is a perfect illustration for it 🙂


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