Lord, In My Heart

Lord, In My Heart

For Countee Cullen


Holy haloes
Ring me round
Spirit waves on
Spirit sound
Meshach and
Golden chariot
Swinging low
I recite them
in my sleep
Jordan’s cold
and briny deep
Bible lessons
Sunday school
Bow before the
Golden Rule
Now I wonder 
If I tried
Could I turn my
Cheek aside
Marveling with
Let the blow fall
Saying naught
Of my true Christ-
like control
And the nature 
of my soul
Would I strike with
rage divine
Till the culprit 
fell supine
Hit out broad all
fury red
Till my foes are
fallen dead
Teachers of my 
early youth
Taught forgiveness 
stressed the truth
Here then is my
Christian lack:
If I’m struck then
I’ll strike back.
-Maya Angelou, 4-4-1928 to 5-28-2014

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