1401294624-mayaangelouIt’s not everyday that someone comes from a small town like Stamps, Arkansas and changes the world around them. It’s not everyday that we get to experience the impact of a person’s words and wisdom. Dr. Maya Angelou gave the world that opportunity. She shared her wisdom and talent with us all. It saddens me that she is no longer with us but hers is a name that will be with us for generations to come. She was, in my opinion, one of the greatest authors, poets, activists, and more that our generation had to pleasure of enjoying. To honor Dr. Maya Angelou, here are two of my favorite poems by this amazing woman. May her work live on and on so that other generations will know of her wisdom and strength.

 

 

Just For A Time

 

Oh how you used to walk
With that insouciant smile
I liked to hear you talk
And your style
Pleased me for a while.

You were my early love
New as a dawn breaking in Spring
You were the image of
Everything
That caused me to sing.

I don’t like reminiscing
Nostalgia is not my forte
I don’t spill tears
On yesterday’s years
But honesty makes me say,
You were a precious pearl
How I loved to see you shine,
You were the perfect girl.
And you were mine.
For a time.
For a time.
Just for a time.

Just Like Job

My Lord, my Lord,
Long have I cried out to Thee
In the heat of the sun,
The cool of the moon,
My screams searched the heavens for Thee.
My God,
When my blanket was nothing but dew,
Rags and bones
Were all I owned,
I chanted Your name
Just like Job.

Father, Father,
My life give I gladly to Thee
Deep rivers ahead
High mountains above
My soul wants only Your love
But fears gather round like wolves in the dark.
Have You forgotten my name?
O Lord, come to Your child.
O Lord, forget me not.

You said to lean on Your arm
And I’m leaning
You said to trust in Your love
And I’m trusting
You said to call on Your name
And I’m calling
I’m stepping out on Your word.

You said You’d be my protection,
My only and glorious savior,
My beautiful Rose of Sharon,
And I’m stepping out on Your word.
Joy, joy
Your word.
Joy, joy
The wonderful word of the Son of God.

You said that You would take me to glory
To sit down at the welcome table
Rejoice with my mother in heaven
And I’m stepping out on Your word.

Into the alleys
Into the byways
Into the streets
And the roads
And the highways
Past rumor mongers
And midnight ramblers
Past the liars and the cheaters and the gamblers.
On Your word
On Your word.
On the wonderful word of the Son of God.
I’m stepping out on Your word.

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About the author

Bobbie Turner

Hey! Most people know me as Bobbie Lynne. I grew up in a small town in the fields of Arkansas and now live in a small town in the trees of Tennessee. I am a mother of three wonderful, very energetic kids. I pay the bills as a full time construction worker. I am an absolute clean freak (most say I have OCD). Imagine Super Woman on crack meets bipolar book worm… Yep, that’s me! I’m addicted to chocolate, Netflix, adult romance novels, and poetry. I’m a huge Edgar Allen Poe and Maya Angelou fan! I’m just a small town southern girl at heart. I enjoy camping, fishing, ATVs, anything outdoors, writing, shooting pool, cooking, and cleaning. Yes, you read it right… I enjoy cleaning. To sum it up, I am just a small town girl trying to live a small town life… The southern way! I hope you enjoy what I bring to the table!