by Kelly Ann
As part of my ward’s Christmas party program, which was an amazing combination of individual and group music numbers, performances, and poetry to celebrate the holiday season, I read the words of Maya Angelou’s Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem.
Fairly shy in large group settings, I am not sure what moved me, other than a request from a new friend to help fill the program, to stand in front of 150+ people. However as I thought about it, I wanted to share something that communicated the peace of the season and brought a message to remind us of the importance of our struggles and our community. And that is what I want to share here as well by sharing links to readings and full texts of Maya Angelou’s poem (although doing so might “out” me to a few more individuals).
Interview and reading with Maya Angelou: http://www.bing.com/videos/watch/video/maya-angelou-recites-her-christmas-poem/61cvycc
A child’s reading: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-THMSC65xkY
But as I have memorized the words, they have become intertwined with my personal faith journey, given I have really been stepping back into church by participating in things like the Christmas program, and really move me in ways I cannot express. The following is a personal poetic reflection of a fraction of that combination. Please appreciate Maya Angelou’s words for themselves with the above links. I do not mean to reinterpret them for they have so many more important layers of meaning. However, I want to try to share my thoughts as well as some of my favorite links from the site this year, with you the community of the Exponent which despite continual questioning has given me so much peace this year.
Happy New Year!!
My Peace by Kelly Ann
(A scattered mind processing and obtaining peace from the following condensed interpretation of Maya Angelou’s Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem)
Thunder and lightning rattles my faith.
Polygamy, polyandry, feminist issues, abuse of power, Prop8
Avalanched. On top of me.
I interrogate and worry God.
Are you there? Are you there really?
What about my covenants?
But joy, hope, and forgiveness
Come the way of friendship.
With hope born again in faces of those here and before
I maybe hear a whisper. Half heard.
The word is Peace.
Come. Peace. Stay awhile.
At this Holy Instant, we celebrate the Birth of Jesus Christ
Into the great religions of the world.
We jubilate the precious advent of trust.
We shout with glorious tongues the coming of hope.
All the earth’s tribes loosen their voices to celebrate the promise of
We, Angels and Mortals, Believers and Nonbelievers,
Look heavenward and speak the word aloud.
We look at our world and speak the word aloud.
We look at each other, then into ourselves,
And we say without shyness or apology or hesitation:
Peace, My Brother.
Peace, My Sister.
Peace, My Soul