Lord, In My Heart

Lord, In My Heart

For Countee Cullen

 

Holy haloes
Ring me round
 
Spirit waves on
Spirit sound
 
Meshach and
Abednego
 
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
Afterthought
 
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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