Global Citizenship in the poems of Maya Angelou

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Maya Angelou died yesterday. I remember her book I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings. An impressive book of a young black woman overcoming hardship and rising up to build her own life.

Maya Angelou is remembered for her civil rights campaigns and her artistic genius in poems and novels. Her poem On The Pulse Of Morning, recited at the inauguration of President Clinton, is a wonderful evocations of a world which welcomes and embraces people from all walks of life–provided they abandon thoughts of war . What a powerful invitation to start a new country,  an inclusive society.

” Yet, today I call you to my riverside,
 If you will study war no more”…

There is a true yearning to respond to

The singing River and the wise Rock.

So say the Asian, the Hispanic, the Jew

The African and Native American, the Sioux,
The Catholic, the Muslim, the French, the Greek

The Irish, the Rabbi, the Priest, the Sheikh,

The Gay, the Straight, the Preacher,

The privileged, the homeless, the Teacher.

They hear. They all hear

The speaking of the Tree.

Today, the first and last of every Tree

Speaks to humankind. Come to me, here beside the River.

Plant yourself beside me, here beside the River.

Each of you, descendant of some passed

On traveller, has been paid for… [full text here]On the Pulse of Morning

 

 

 

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