Maya Angelou. Thank. You.

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Let us give thanks today for those people who give us courage to sing our songs, walk our walks, and feel our feelings. Oh how we need poets and storytellers and artists. It’s not about knowing more. It’s about understanding better. The distance between information and wisdom, success and significance, that’s the journey we’re called to walk.

I give thanks today for Maya Angelou — poet, artist, activist — an immensely talented and creative woman who reminded our nation that redemption comes one word at a time, one act of justice at a time, and one act of compassion at a time. She reminded us that silence can be transformed and pain turned into energy. She taught us that morning is always possible, and that we are at our best when we find ways of lifting one another up.

Alone

Lying, thinking
Last night
How to find my soul a home
Where water is not thirsty
And bread loaf is not stone
I came up with one thing
And I don’t believe I’m wrong
That nobody,
But nobody
Can make it out here alone.

Alone, all alone
Nobody, but nobody
Can make it out here alone.

There are some millionaires
With money they can’t use
Their wives run round like banshees
Their children sing the blues
They’ve got expensive doctors
To cure their hearts of stone.
But nobody
No, nobody
Can make it out here alone.

Alone, all alone
Nobody, but nobody
Can make it out here alone.

Now if you listen closely
I’ll tell you what I know
Storm clouds are gathering
The wind is gonna blow
The race of man is suffering
And I can hear the moan,
‘Cause nobody,
But nobody
Can make it out here alone.

Alone, all alone
Nobody, but nobody
Can make it out here alone.

 

 

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