‘maya angelou’s abundant hope’

by Dr Maya Angelou

Reverend Martin Luther King

The great soul
Flew from the Creator
Bearing manna of hope
For his country
Starving severely from an absence of compassion.

Martin Luther King

The Great Spirit,
Came from the Creator
Proffering a sparkling fountain of fair play
To his country
Parched and deformed by hate.

The whole man came forth
With a brain of gentle wisdom
To persuade quiet
Upon the loud misery of the mob.

Read the full poem at WhiteHouse.gov

Thank you Meta

14 Responses to “‘maya angelou’s abundant hope’”

  1. 1 Obama Grandmama
    August 26, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    I love reading Maya Angela’s words. They have such powerful images yet soft touching impact.

    August 26, 2011 at 6:04 pm


  3. 5 Obama Grandmama
    August 26, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Whoops! Maya Angelou’s instead of my phonetic spelling. Found this new post before logging off. I had tried to listen to the Progressive radio station and then tv. I found only talk of primarying Obama or the hurricane so came on here in blissful silence.

  4. 6 Obama Grandmama
    August 26, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    I will check back later tonight. Those on the East Coast, please stay safe.

  5. August 26, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    OH sweet. Thank you Chips.

  6. 8 makesense4tulips
    August 26, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Absolutely beautiful. here is something the president did way before the hurricane. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20098041-503544.html

  7. 10 utaustinliberal
    August 26, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Great poem. Very evocative words. Maya Angelou is the best.

  8. 11 HZ
    August 26, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    Dr. Maya Angelou’s work is always uplifting to my soul. This great piece is another one. Beautiful. It is written for where we started, where we came into our start, where we left a hard and wonderful mark on the nation so depleted by the ugly head of hate, and other ugly injustices. Then she moved us through the Master’s hand to the vessel’s feet. Now we stand at the feet of that great man to continue to walk and even march to the beat of the love, compassion, hard work, removal of some ugly scabs from our souls, so it can be healed. If we take not but one thought from her words; I will take for myself, “I pledge to give more each day to make his dream get closer to sea of reality.” Come on beautiful tapstry, let’s make it ring true.HZ

    • 12 HZ
      August 26, 2011 at 7:15 pm

      meant to say closer to a sea of reality.

    • 13 Sue in Minnesota
      August 26, 2011 at 7:53 pm

      HZ you are the poet of TOD. How beautifully you express yourself, and always from your heart. I will join you, accepting the responsibility,” to give more each day to make his dream get closer to reality .”

      Maya Angelou has expressed herself in poetry that has historical timbre and will resonate for years to come. Her words infused with the beauty of truth.

  9. 14 sjterrid
    August 26, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    Thank you Chips and meta for sharing this beautiful poem about Martin Luther King written by Maya Angelou.

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