CONTINUE: a poem

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

By Maya Angelou

My wish for you
Is that you continue

         Continue

To be who and how you are
To astonish a mean world
With your acts of kindness

         Continue

To allow humor to lighten the burden
Of your tender heart

         Continue

In a society dark with cruelty
To let the people hear the grandeur
Of God in the peals of your laughter

          Continue

To let your eloquence
Elevate the people to heights
They had only imagined

         Continue

To remind the people that
Each is as good as the other
And that no one is beneath
Nor above you

        Continue

To remember your own young years
And look with favor upon the lost
And the least and the lonely

        Continue

To put the mantel of your protection
Around the bodies of
The young and defenseless

        Continue

To take the hand of the despised
And diseased and walk proudly with them
In the high street
Some might see you and
Be encouraged to do likewise

         Continue

To plant a public kiss of concern
On the cheek of the sick
And the aged and infirm
And count that as a
Natural action to be expected

         Continue

To let gratitude be the pillow
Upon which you kneel to
Say your nightly prayer
And let faith be the bridge
You build to overcome evil
And welcome good

       Continue

To ignore no vision
Which comes to enlarge your range
And increase your spirit

       Continue

To dare to love deeply
And risk everything
For the good thing

       Continue

To float
Happily in the sea of infinite substance
Which set aside riches for you
Before you had a name

       Continue

And by doing so
You and your work
Will be able to continue
Eternally

§§§

With appreciation to my friend Hal Bauer, who sent me this  poem.

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31 Responses to “CONTINUE: a poem”

  1. Vincent M Says:

    Thank you for posting such a timely reminder, in amongst all the things pestering us for their attention yet unworthy of it. W (K & I) have a volume of her poetry on our bookshelves, among all those books less worthy but occupying more space; and here you are as a pointer-out of that which is most deserving of attention.

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  2. Cleaning Tips Sydney Says:

    beautiful line of this poem “To allow humor to lighten the burden
    Of your tender heart”, i like it. 🙂

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  3. Elaine M Hyman, PsyD Says:

    Tears welling

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  4. cramsey920 Says:

    Good stuff!

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  5. Margie Labadie Says:

    It’s a wonderful poem. You have an error in the paragraph beginning, “To remind people…” It should read, “And that”.

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  6. Zoe Rivers Says:

    This is so beautiful!

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  7. Sharon Ruth Sirbaugh Says:

    Beautiful work by a beautiful woman. Miss her.

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  8. Renée Dundas Says:

    Inspiring
    This makes my heart sing in harmony with this poem

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  9. Marea Mastrogiovanni Says:

    Beautiful Lady and beautifully written, if we could all believe that this were true.

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  11. Grand Providentia United Says:

    Maya Angelou was clearly a Woman in touch with the collective goodness in the human race. In this day, I believe that it is absolutely imperative that every human being make the choice to embrace the best qualities of Being human, while also rejecting the more bestial urges and instincts, because we have everything we need to rise above the current madness which has possessed the human condition. “Continue”, indeed!

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  12. Misty Hauiti Says:

    Absolutely true Continue to be who you are. Beautiful.

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  13. John B. Parrish Says:

    I needed this.

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  14. Jo ann seals Says:

    Beautifully written poem❣️ We should teach all these attributes to our children. Then encourage them to pass it on to their children‼️

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  15. Ruth Says:

    Good stuff. Quite inspiring.

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  17. Deb R. Says:

    Beautiful. Does anyone know when this was written? I’ve read 2016, but she passed in 2014.

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  18. Carol D. Says:

    That is beautiful! I talk and am nice to ALL people, I care not what race they are, where they came from and I run into some very nice African Americans and I get hugs because people don’t show them the respect I give them. Many times they thank me for giving them a better day. One day a lady was sitting on a bench 😢 crying and I sat next to her, put my arm around her, and she responded with a slight smile 😊 for making her day. She didn’t speak too much English, but let me know what she meant. I might have made her day, but they all made my day! 🤗😘😊

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  19. Sharri Despres Says:

    This brought me back to where I used to be and u fortunately have drifted from. I am just not sure how to constantly maintain this in this world. When I asked my friend shortly before he passed what had happened to him, he .after of factly said, “The World”. I pray and hope to constantly not let “The World”, happen to
    me. Amen

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  20. dayna2k03 Says:

    So much scripture in her poems. Makes my heart full every time I read her work.

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  21. Cheryl Anderson Says:

    Thank you for sharing this poem. It is a very welcome and needed response to the world we’re living in now. Reminds me of what and who I am.

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  22. Syladydi Says:

    Wonderful as ever. I love love this Lady. She told me we were majestic and she could see why people say I remind them of her. RIP Queen 🌻❤️🌻

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  26. Ronald G Copeland Says:

    Wisdom from the mouth of God’s Baby!!!

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  27. James Romano Says:

    What A Poetic Gesture….What A Beautiful Way
    To Be…What A World If Everyone Would See Life This Way

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  28. Janet Walker Says:

    Such beautiful words to live by!

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