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Maya Angelou: 1928-2014

In honor of Maya Angelou, who died today at age 86, I offer the following lines from her poem “A Brave and Startling Truth”:

“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” 

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