Elegy

Just Like Job

by Maya Angelou

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 saviour,

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.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, may our beautiful, wise and talented sister be eating at your welcome table today with You, with her mother, and with the other poets she so loved. Amen

 

10 comments

  1. Mich-in-French · ·

    She was an inspirational woman – thank you for sharing this Susan, it really blessed me, no other words necessary xx

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    1. So glad you were blessed by her words.

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  2. Thank you for following my blog. This was a lovely tribute to Maya and I enjoyed reading it. I was deeply moved by your personal story on your About page. You are so brave and courageous. May God richly bless you in every part of your life. I look forward to your future posts!

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    1. Thank you very much. I am courageous only through Him that gives me strength.

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  3. What an amazing women and lovely tribute to the the late, great, and beautiful Maya Angelou.

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    1. Thanks, Sherri. She was an elegant and gracious woman. Decades ago I heard her speak, then snuck outside the hall to grab some photos. She went out of her way to walk up to me and introduce herself, shake my hand and thank me for attending. I still have those photos and remember her fondly for those few, private moments.

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      1. How wonderful! What a classy and genuine lady she was and what a fantastic moment for you Susan. Those photos will mean even more to you now …

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      2. She definitely was.

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  4. Beautiful and poignant.

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    1. Thanks, Paul. Her words say it all.

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