Celebrate the life of Dr Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014)

Good Day, Beautiful People!

May 28 2014,  the world has lost a legendary poet, author, teacher and warrior of peace, equality and tolerence, Dr Maya Angelou. Heaven gains a great heroine. Her writing has inspired and encouraged multitude in America and around the world. Even though she led a kaleidoscopic  life, her writings was so soulful, sensible and pragmatic. Good night, Dr Maya Angelou. You will always live in our hearts. One day, we will meet in heaven.

In case for some reason you are not familiar with her handiwork, you are in for more than just a treat. It is encouraging, empowering, powerful and life changing. Sharing some of my all time favourites, Dr Maya Angelou’s poems.

Still I Rise

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

Touched by 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.

Phenomenal Woman

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can’t see.
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman

Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
‘Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me. 

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

The free bird leaps
on the back of the wind
and floats downstream
till the current ends
and dips his wings
in the orange sun rays
and dares to claim the sky.

But a bird that stalks
down his narrow cage
can seldom see through
his bars of rage
his wings are clipped and
his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings
with fearful trill
of the things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom

The free bird thinks of another breeze
and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees
and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn
and he names the sky his own.

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams
his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing

The caged bird sings
with a fearful trill
of things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom.

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Below is a significant teeny portion of Dr Maya Angelou interview with Oprah Winfrey.


I will leave you with her last profound tweet, ” Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God.” It is still resounding in my heart.

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NB: Photos are from pinterest.

 


 

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Because as He is, so are we in this world [MF]

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Good Day, Beautiful People!

Emailing  is one of  our modern days communication that we cannot live without. My love and hate of emails has been consistent since day one. I am one of those  people who constantly and laboriously delete emails,  empty junk, spam emails and block senders. Nevertheless, it is always welcoming to start or end my work day with lovely inspiring  and encouraging emails. Today is one of those good days.

My beloved supporters aka subscribers are now familiar with my beautiful and creative mate, Melinda Fletcher. Without fail, she regularly emails me and other friends her new piece of poem, work of genius. Well, sit back and enjoy.

1 John 4:17b; because as He is, so are we in this world.

I want to walk like you

I want to talk like you

I want to live this life

where I’m found in you

 

I want to seek your face

I want to live by faith

I want to know your ways

I want to run this race

 

I want to speak your word

I want to follow you

I want to know your truth

I want to love like you

 

And when you come again

I want to see your face

I want to worship you

Amazing grace!

– Melinda Fletcher

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MonAnge

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NB: Photos are from pinterest.

You Said – Song/Poem [MF]

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Good Day, Beautiful People!
Without fail, I am giving you another taste of my gifted friend, Melinda Fletcher’s wonderful creation. Did I forget to mention previously, this girl can sing too. Imagine we all have a gathering, enjoying a pleasant conversation around the table, on spur of moment, she will burst out a divine song that she wrote. This is one of them. You cannot request for it but you have to wait for it to happen. I wish I was fast enough to video it each time. Most time, I was too captivated by the songs and the singing. Well, I hope one day she will have it all recorded on a delightful CD and compile into a marvelous book. Nevertheless, you get to enjoy this moving poem. 

YOU SAID

You said you are my Saviour

You came to rescue me

And all I have to do is love you

To live eternally

 

You said you were my healer

You took all my disease

And all I have to do is love you

And choose to believe 

  

You said you are my helper

You said you’d make a way

That all I have to do is love you

And not to be afraid

You said you are provider

You said you’d meet my needs

That all I have to do is love you

And sit at your feet

You said you were my teacher

You said you’d guide me through

That all I have to do is love you

And love you, Yes I do

And love you, Yes I do.

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MonAnge

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NB: Photo above is northern lights in Iceland. The photo below is a oil painting, not sure who is the artist.

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“The Liebster Award” nomination.. Congratulations and Thank you all

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As a new blogger “inspiring writer, poet”, I am honored to receive this nomination for “The Liebster Award” from http://svdeaner.wordpress.com/2014/04/29/smiles-all-around-liebster-award-nomination. Sarah’s writing is encouraging, insightful and poetic. From her personal story of her healthy lifestyle to her poetry. Thank you for reaching out to fellow writers who love what they do!

“The Liebster award is awarded to bloggers with under 200 followers to try to promote their blog and also bring together a community of bloggers. The rules of the competition are as follows:

The nominated user must provide a link back to the person who nominated them. Provide 11 facts about yourself , Answer 11 question set by the person who nominated you, Choose 11 more people and ask them 11 questions.

 11 facts about myself:

1. Love Jesus. Not into religion, have a relationship with my Creator (God).

2. Love People. Enjoy people of different culture. Passionate to speak life into someone situation. It delights me to connect people to their heart destiny or their purpose in life.

3. Love Life. Enjoy my life and live a full life whether is a good or challenging season.

4. Travel Bug. I would gladly live out of a suitcase, if it meant I could see the world!

5. I’m a booklover. I visit many books: novels, self-improvement, motivational, autobiography, fiction, leadership… but I camp in the living word, Bible.

6. Enjoy good company with good music, wine and slow food. Love organic food and healthy goodies.

7. Fond of roaming around art galleries. Adore the great old master artists masterpieces.

8. Love wandering and combing beaches of the world.

9. I am passionate about my day job as a manager.

10. My free time, I love let my creativity run wild. Writing, paintings, scrapbooking and create stuff.

11. I am also a bit of “photoholic” and “chocoholic”.

Thank you again Karen SK http://luvlifedream.wordpress.com for nominating me and recognizing my writing and to the support of all of WordPress followers! Thank you again for this recognition!!!!

Questions from Karen:

1. If you were to go back in time and do something you never did what would it be?

If I can can be transported back in time by time machine, I’ll love be the one who pioneer the woman’s liberation movement.

2. Why do you choose to write?

There are many reasons I write. One to conquer my fear of writing. Love to share my passion and adventures with people.       Encourage and give hope to someone in my writing.

3. What is your biggest inspiration?

To live my best authentic life. I want to leave behind a great legacy. Someday, I remain as someone good memories.

4. What is your pet peeve?

The injustice of the world especially human trafficking.

5. If you were to be any character of a book or movie who would you be?

Gee this is so hard to pick… I would love to be wonderwoman. Kick those bad ass.

6. What is your best quality?

Creative.

7. Do you ever get writers block and what do you do to overcome it?

Yes. Walk away, have a nice cup of tea, chill and drift away. Always come back fresh.

8. How has your writing affected your relationships?

Writing has made me a more opened person so my relationships has gone to another whole other level.

9. What is your biggest accomplishment?

Unsure what is consider biggest accomplishment, finished my basic degree in health Science, venture into different work and business.

10. What is your favorite movie?

Too many good movies, The Help, Lord of the Rings, 12 years a slave, Forrest Gump, The Lion King are some of my favourites. All time favourite has to be The Passion of the Christ.

11. If you could be anyone for a day who would it be and why?

Esther in the bible time, she was brave to stand in front of the King to petition for her people to be saved. She saved her race.

My nominations are:

http://victoriajodean.com/

http://jangrace.com/

http://empowermentmomentsblog.com/

http://jeanieshepard.wordpress.com/

http://levithetford.com/

http://perceptionlight.wordpress.com/

http://coramdeoministriesint.wordpress.com/

http://timitude.com/

http://robertwilliamhaddock.wordpress.com/

http://amandaraeliddell.wordpress.com/

http://nonlinearcompilations.wordpress.com/

Questions for the nominees:

1. What make you happy?

2. Where is your favourite place on earth?

3. How do you face the stormy season in life?

4. If you can be in someone shoes for a day, who will it be? Why?

5. If you can tell your younger self about something you learn now and wish you knew then, what will that be?

6.  What is your passion in life?

7. What is your favourite indulgence?

8. If today is the last day for you on earth, how do you like to spend it?

9. Imagine 10 years from now, where will you be and what you see yourself accomplishing?

10. What is the most valuable lesson you have learnt by far?

11. Imagine you won a lotto of $1million, what will you do with that money?

Instructions for the Nominees:

Set #1

1) Post a short Q&A about themselves

2) Answer the questions the tagger has asked

3) Create a new list of questions for their own nominees

4) Choose a list of their own nominees and notify them

Set#2

1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog.

2. Link back to the blogger who awarded you.

3. Copy & Paste the award to your blog.

4. Nominate 11 blogs to receive the award who have less than 200 followers.

5. Inform them of their nomination by leaving comment on their blog.

Set #3

1. Post the award on your blog.

2. Thank the blogger who presented this award and link back to their blog.

3. Write 11 random facts about yourself.

4. Nominate 11 bloggers who you feel deserve this award and who have less than 200 followers.

5. Answer 11 questions posted by the presenter and ask your nominees 11 questions.
 

Thank you Lorraine Reguly for blogging the Official rules.

http://wordingwell.com/the-liebster-award-the-official-rules-my-first-blog-award-and-a-few-personal-secrets-revealed/