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 mantle 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.

Update 01/01/2020.  I did not realize I lacked the full text of the poem.  Click on this to read it in full.

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67 Responses to “CONTINUE: a poem”

  1. colleenlynn99 Says:

    Reblogged this on Cornelia Fick and commented:
    Love this poem

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  2. Sue Says:

    Such true words of wisdom & faith!

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  3. Donna Taylor Says:

    Continue to be the beautiful kind humans I know that your father and I have raised you to be

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  4. UNA Rueb Says:

    very nice, thank you for sharing

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  5. Fran Chaisson Says:

    Miigwech for sharing….continue. …to be a better person tomorrow, than you were Today….treetalker

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  6. Edna Parsons Says:

    Beautiful, meaningful, inspiring.

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  7. Mary Says:

    Beautiful!!!!

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  8. She Says:

    Love it! Thanks for sharing.

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  9. m88 Says:

    m88

    CONTINUE: a poem | Phil Ebersole's Blog

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  10. Berenice A Hanrahan Farley Says:

    Did you write this poem as a tribute to Maya Angelou or did she write it?

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    • philebersole Says:

      My goodness, I wish I could write like that!! No, Maya Angelou wrote it. My friend Hal Bauer sent it to me years ago, and I liked it so much that I posted it on this web log.

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  11. Berenice Farley Says:

    I’d been trying to find the original and why she wrote it. I was finally able to. She wrote it for Oprah Winfrey for her November 13, 2013 birthday. The beginning of the poem is not included in what you posted . Here’s it is: On the day of your birth
    The Creator filled countless storehouses and
    stockings
    With rich ointments
    Luscious tapestries
    And antique coins of incredible value
    Jewels worthy of a queen’s dowry
    They were set aside for your use
    Alone
    Armed with faith and hope
    And without knowing of the wealth which awaited
    You broke through dense walls
    of poverty
    And loosed the chains of ignorance which
    threatened to cripple you so that you
    could walk
    A Free Woman
    Into a world which needed you

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  12. Looking with clarity into 2020! looking with clarity into 2020 Says:

    […] I came upon a Facebook post shared by many of my friends. It’s by Maya Angelou and it’s called “Continue”. I feel like it’s been written by a coach. To many Maya was very much a coach. Bottom lining the poem, my takeaway is, continue to be the amazing person that you are and share your glory with others.   >>> Please take a moment to read it for yourself <<< […]

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  13. Cathy J Bay Says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this! White amazing and lovely thoughts she expresses!

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