" Maya Angelou, from What I Know Now: Letters to My Younger Self
I believe in all that has never yet been spoken.
I want to free what waits within me
so that what no one has dared to wish for
may for once spring clear
without my contriving.
If this is arrogant, God, forgive me,
but this is what I need to say.
May what I do flow from me like a river,
no forcing and no holding back,
the way it is with children.
Then in these swelling and ebbing currents,
these deepening tides moving out, returning,
I will sing you as no one ever has,
streaming through widening channels
into the open sea.
(translated by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy)
When you are old enough to realize
That Daddy’s age has matched the wise,
With a sore back to compromise
The times he stands to rise,
Remember silly words a father cries
Knowing he can’t dry his child’s eyes,
As his soul abides
With stars in the skies,
You are Beautiful. You are Perfect. You are Enough.
If there is an action to be taken, let it be love,
If there is a choice to make it, let it be happiness.
Let your generosity be compassion,
Your wealth measured in friendship,
Your fields cultivated
With the seeds of laughter.
If there is a path to walk, let it be your own.
A voice to adhere: that whispered by your soul.
The greatest gratitude: to your mistakes.
A thing to leave: all your worries.
Give praises daily to the providence of your journey.
Have a love affair with all your fears,
Seducing them into your greatest pleasures.
Lustfully squander meals with loved ones,
While dancing with strangers unashamed
Like your closest friends.
Collect the highest interest,
When you lend out your ears.
Toast and become drunk
With a cup full of joy.
Let growth guide your passion,
And your dreams drive your life.
Be a champion fighter, mastering forgiveness.
Sparring with yourself everyday you are living.
When all seems wrong just look up,
Stars will tell you, “You are with him!”
There is nothing separating you and I, or our eternal rhythm.