I love poetry. I love both the poets of the past and contemporary poets. Recently I learned of Poet and well known author and civil rights activist, Dr. Maya Angelou (1928–2014). I found her on Youtube and enjoyed listening to this published (1978) poem called, "Still I rise" (video attached). I read how Dr. Angelou's poetry was an inspiration to many who embraced the words while they underwent Chemotherapy for cancer, felt depressed, or were dealing with personal struggles. I loved her phrase, "nobleness of the human spirt" and have heard others speak of a need to return to a place of nobility.
"Everyone in the world has gone to bed one night or anther
with fear, or pain, or loss, or disappointment.
And yet each of us has awakened or risen,
somehow made our resolution to see other human beings and said,
"Morning, how are you?"
"Fine. Thanks. And you?"
Wherever that abides in the human being,
there is the nobleness of the human spirt."
As we celebrate Independence Day weekend, let us remember that we celebrate freedom, all forms of freedom, and liberty, and justice FOR ALL. Let us rise, ad Dr. Angelou says, and live with a nobleness of the human spirit.
"Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised."