Love and Humanness

Traditionally when we think of February we think about it being the month of love. but it also happens to be Black History month, so I thought I would share a poem by Maya Angelou on love and humanness.

 

We may not think about love having an impact on our health but it turns out that the having and sharing of love can decrease anxiety and depression.  I believe now more than ever we need to find ways to share more love with our fellow humans.  I hope you enjoy this poem.

 

Touched By An Angel

We, unaccustomed to courage

exiles from delight

live coiled in shells of loneliness

until love leaves its high holy temple

and comes into our sight

to liberate us into life.

 

Love arrives

and in its train come ecstasies

old memories of pleasure

ancient histories of pain.

Yet if we are bold,

love strikes away the chains of fear

from our souls.

 

We are weaned from our timidity

In the flush of love’s light

we dare be brave

And suddenly we see

that love costs all we are

and will ever be.

Yet it is only love

which sets us free.