Maya Angelou – A Brave and Startling Truth

United Nations
Published on May 28, 2014

Maya Angelou reads her poem “A Brave and Startling Truth” which she wrote in commemoration of the UN’s 50th Anniversary, in 1995.

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A Brave and Startling Truth

We, this people, on a small and lonely planet Traveling through casual space Past aloof stars, across the way of indifferent suns To a destination where all signs tell us It is possible and imperative that we learn A brave and startling truth

And when we come to it To the day of peacemaking When we release our fingers From fists of hostility And allow the pure air to cool our palms

When we come to it When the curtain falls on the minstrel show of hate And faces sooted with scorn are scrubbed clean When battlefields and coliseum No longer rake our unique and particular sons and daughters Up with the bruised and bloody grass To lie in identical plots in foreign soil

When the rapacious storming of the churches The screaming racket in the temples have ceased When the pennants are waving gaily When the banners of the world tremble Stoutly in the good, clean breeze

When we come to it When we let the rifles fall from our shoulders And children dress their dolls in flags of truce When land mines of death have been removed And the aged can walk into evenings of peace When religious ritual is not perfumed By the incense of burning flesh And childhood dreams are not kicked awake By nightmares of abuse

When we come to it Then we will confess that not the Pyramids With their stones set in mysterious perfection Nor the Gardens of Babylon Hanging as eternal beauty In our collective memory Not the Grand Canyon Kindled into delicious color By Western sunsets

Nor the Danube, flowing its blue soul into Europe Not the sacred peak of Mount Fuji Stretching to the Rising Sun Neither Father Amazon nor Mother Mississippi who, without favor, Nurture all creatures in the depths and on the shores These are not the only wonders of the world

When we come to it We, this people, on this minuscule and kithless globe Who reach daily for the bomb, the blade and the dagger Yet who petition in the dark for tokens of peace We, this people on this mote of matter In whose mouths abide cankerous words Which challenge our very existence Yet out of those same mouths Come songs of such exquisite sweetness That the heart falters in its labor And the body is quieted into awe

We, this people, on this small and drifting planet Whose hands can strike with such abandon That in a twinkling, life is sapped from the living Yet those same hands can touch with such healing, irresistible tenderness That the haughty neck is happy to bow And the proud back is glad to bend Out of such chaos, of such contradiction We learn that we are neither devils nor divines

When we come to it We, this people, on this wayward, floating body Created on this earth, of this earth Have the power to fashion for this earth A climate where every man and every woman Can live freely without sanctimonious piety Without crippling fear

When we come to it We must confess that we are the possible We are the miraculous, the true wonder of this world That is when, and only when We come to it.

Maya Angelou

Mary Oliver, Poet – 1935 – 2019

When Death Comes – by Mary Oliver


This video is based on the beautiful poem “When Death Comes” by Mary Oliver which is very much a contemplation and confrontation of the idea of death and dying. Much of Oliver’s poetry is closely influenced by nature and we wanted this video to represent that as well as the relationship between “dark introspection and joyous release” that are so often explored in her poetry. Thank you for taking the time to watch/share!

TRANSFORMATION! – by Katelon @ Empower and Balance – 4-8-18 – –

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We were like these flowers

Notice the geometry

Notice the symmetry

Our cells were more dense

Carbon based cells


Deeply Spiritual Poem continues,

Including original photography.



River Fantasy — John Coyote – 7-26-16

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“Don’t use the phone. People are never ready to answer it. Use poetry.” — Art of Quotation

“Don’t use the phone. People are never ready to answer it. Use poetry.” ― Jack Kerouac, American, writer, poet

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Daniel Jeromeantil – If There Were No Stars – 2-1-16



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If there were no stars,
nor sky to hang clouds on,
if the oceans had no tides,
nor sands upon the shores;
where would we run to
when we chase the wind
in our most playful dance,
lost in our own abandon,
and where would we fly to
when we must then retreat
to our hideaway places,
to quietly fade from earth?

If earth can hold the weight
of this path we now follow,
and wind carries the flight
of wordless breath in ardor,
if night were a void of time
in which no life were found;
where shall we shed tears
when the weight of sorrow
is too much for us to bear,
and where shall we slumber
when sighs we leave behind
fall silently into oblivion?

REPOST – Charlie Chaplin – As I Began to Love Myself – Self Love Poem

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Charlie Chaplin, best known mime actor, wrote a beautiful self love poem on his 70th birthday (April 16, 1959). It is exceptional because there are not many poems written about loving the self and in my opinion, contains much wisdom. Here’s how Chaplin’s self love poem goes….

As I Began to Love Myself – Self Love Poem by Charlie Chaplin

As I began to love myself I found that anguish and emotional suffering
are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth.
Today, I know, this is “AUTHENTICITY”.

As I began to love myself I understood how much it can offend somebody
As I try to force my desires on this person, even though I knew the time
was not right and the person was not ready for it, and even though this
person was me. Today I call it “RESPECT”.

As I began to love myself I stopped craving for a different life,
and I could see that everything that surrounded me was inviting me to grow.
Today I call it “MATURITY”.

As I began to love myself I understood that at any circumstance,
I am in the right place at the right time, and everything happens
at the exactly right moment. So I could be calm.
Today I call it “SELF-CONFIDENCE”.

As I began to love myself I quit steeling my own time,
and I stopped designing huge projects for the future.
Today, I only do what brings me joy and happiness, things I love to do
and that make my heart cheer, and I do them in my own way and in
my own rhythm. Today I call it “SIMPLICITY”.

As I began to love myself I freed myself of anything that is no good for
my health – food, people, things, situations, and everything that drew
me down and away from myself. At first I called this attitude
a healthy egoism. Today I know it is “LOVE OF ONESELF”.

As I began to love myself I quit trying to always be right, and ever since
I was wrong less of the time. Today I discovered that is “MODESTY”.

As I began to love myself I refused to go on living in the past and worry
about the future. Now, I only live for the moment, where EVERYTHING
is happening. Today I live each day, day by day, and I call it “FULFILLMENT”.

As I began to love myself I recognized that my mind can disturb me
and it can make me sick. But As I connected it to my heart, my
mind became a valuable ally. Today I call this
connection “WISDOM OF THE HEART”.

We no longer need to fear arguments, confrontations or any kind of problems
with ourselves or others. Even stars collide, and out of their crashing
new worlds are born.Today I know THAT IS “LIFE”!

Charlie Chaplin

Suzanne Lie – Into The Woods – 9-5-14















Into the woods I send my heart

To find the place where I can start

Start to know and feel and care

To find the sunlight everywhere

Everywhere is here right now

To fill our life with learning how

To live the light in every way

And follow it through every day

The light it calls us all the while

To go within to find our smile

The joy that we have sought “out there”

We know to find it everywhere

In every cry and every sound

The light is there; it can be found

Once found, then we must let it BE

The source through which we can be free

Free of sorrow and free of pain

We no longer need to seek nor gain

We’ve played the game – both won and lost

We’ve had some fun and paid the cost

The cost of life beyond control

Is to find the purpose of our Soul

Our Soul we find within our Heart

It’s been there from the very start

Our Soul + Heart translates to NOW

As we start our journey of finding how

How we will know to seize the light

And not turn back in pain or fright

The light its there inside our life

Behind our sorrow and our strife

Once sorrow’s gone and strife’s resolved

Our heart and soul become evolved

Evolved into the ONE to be

The ONE to hear – the ONE to see

See the light that we once sought

When we tried so hard and cried a lot

We looked at memories filled with fear

And forgot that which we held most dear

But when, at last, we found the light

We communed with life that’s all around

In this entrainment we can BE

ALL we hear and ALL we see

We’ll find inside each cell and atom

A world we thought was just a phantom

Each atom spins into the NOW

The past is over, we have learned how

How to live the “future” inside each day

Through feelings we have and words we say

Inside the NOW, our new world started

As love and the light will no longer be parted

The lion and lamb lie in the noon sun

The conflict has ended, and we are all ONE

We found the Great Light and live in the Sun

Our journey has ended, and also begun!

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Maya Angelou – Power Of The Word

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