Amazing Peace: A Christmas poem by Maya Angelou-Enjoy!!!

by ohiocowboy 8 Replies latest jw friends

  • ohiocowboy

    My Partner Dave and I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! May you all have Peace, Love and Warmth as you share this special time with loved ones. Even though we all may have different religious or spiritual beliefs, we can all agree on one thing, and that thing is Love, an Unconditional love that has no limits, expects nothing in return, and is pure.

    Here is a beautiful poem by Maya Angelou. It is titled 'Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem'.


    Thunder rumbles in the mountain passes
    And lightning rattles the eaves of our houses.
    Flood waters await us in our avenues.

    Snow falls upon snow, falls upon snow to avalanche
    Over unprotected villages.
    The sky slips low and grey and threatening.

    We question ourselves.
    What have we done to so affront nature?
    We worry God.
    Are you there? Are you there really?
    Does the covenant you made with us still hold?

    Into this climate of fear and apprehension, Christmas enters,
    Streaming lights of joy, ringing bells of hope
    And singing carols of forgiveness high up in the bright air.
    The world is encouraged to come away from rancor,
    Come the way of friendship.

    It is the Glad Season.
    Thunder ebbs to silence and lightning sleeps quietly in the corner.
    Flood waters recede into memory.
    Snow becomes a yielding cushion to aid us
    As we make our way to higher ground.

    Hope is born again in the faces of children
    It rides on the shoulders of our aged as they walk into their sunsets.
    Hope spreads around the earth. Brightening all things,
    Even hate which crouches breeding in dark corridors.

    In our joy, we think we hear a whisper.
    At first it is too soft. Then only half heard.
    We listen carefully as it gathers strength.
    We hear a sweetness.
    The word is Peace.
    It is loud now. It is louder.
    Louder than the explosion of bombs.

    We tremble at the sound. We are thrilled by its presence.
    It is what we have hungered for.
    Not just the absence of war. But, true Peace.
    A harmony of spirit, a comfort of courtesies.
    Security for our beloveds and their beloveds.

    We clap hands and welcome the Peace of Christmas.
    We beckon this good season to wait a while with us.
    We, Baptist and Buddhist, Methodist and Muslim, say come.

    Come and fill us and our world with your majesty.
    We, the Jew and the Jainist, the Catholic and the Confucian,
    implore you to stay awhile with us
    so we may learn by your shimmering light
    how to look beyond complexion and see community.

    It is Christmas time, a halting of hate time.
    On this platform of peace, we can create a language
    to translate ourselves to ourselves and to each other.
    At this Holy Instant, we celebrate the Birth of Jesus Christ

    Into the great religions of the world.
    We jubilate the precious advent of trust.
    We shout with glorious tongues the coming of hope.
    All the earth’s tribes loosen their voices to celebrate the promise of

    We, Angels and Mortals, Believers and Nonbelievers,
    Look heavenward and speak the word aloud.

    We look at our world and speak the word aloud.

    We look at each other, then into ourselves,
    And we say without shyness or apology or hesitation:

    Peace, My Brother.
    Peace, My Sister.
    Peace, My Soul

  • mrsjones5

    It's a lovely poem Ohio.

    Thank you and Merry Christmas.

  • compound complex
    compound complex

    Peace, my brother . . .

    Hope is born again in the faces of children
    It rides on the shoulders of our aged as they walk into their sunsets.

    I'm all right, Ohio, to see my beloved young ones carry on -- in hope -- as I walk with reassurance into my own personal sunset. I no longer require a 'hope that does not lead to disappointment' to bolster my spirit and my drive.

    Love to you and Dave.

    CoCo at Peace

  • mrsjones5


  • compound complex
    compound complex

    Dear Jonesie!

    Looking forward someday to meeting you and yours. Lots of "us" in your area!


  • ohiocowboy

    A very Merry Christmas to you too Mrs. Jones and CoCo! I'm glad that you enjoyed the poem. Mrs. Angelou speaks with such passion, strength, empathy and love!

    May your day be filled with merriment and good cheer!

  • compound complex
    compound complex

    Ohio and Dave:

    Blessings, Peace, Love . . .


    (Check mail in a bit, please. I type slowly )

  • d

    Peace and merry christmas to all of you.


  • ohiocowboy

    Got your PM and responded CoCo!

    D, thank you for the Holiday cheer!!! All the best to you and yours!

    We set out a huge Holiday spread for the Raccoons, Possums, and and other animals that are braving the weather and they are out right now having a blast while devouring the food! They have chicken meat, sausage, peanuts, pecans, Animal cookies, bread, plums, bananas, and other goodies spread out as a Christmas smorgasboard for them. We keep refilling the water trough with warm water so that they can warm up because of the cold and snowy weather. Last year, we put a few cookies together and gift wrapped several of them, and the Raccoons stood in line and grabbed their gifts and it was so much fun watching them rip them open with their little hands and eat the cookies! We love Animals soooo much!!!

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