In and Out of Time ~ Maya Angelou

The sun has come.
The mist has gone.
We see in the distance…
our long way home.
I was always yours to have.
You were always mine.

We have loved each other in and out of time.

When the first stone looked up at the blazing sun
and the first tree struggled up from the forest floor
I had always loved you more.
You freed your braids…
gave your hair to the breeze.
It hummed like a hive of honey bees.
I reached in the mass for the sweet honey comb there….
Mmmm…God how I love your hair.

You saw me bludgeoned by circumstance.
Lost, injured, hurt by chance.
I screamed to the heavens….loudly screamed….
Trying to change our nightmares into dreams…

The sun has come.
The mist has gone.
We see in the distance our long way home.
I was always yours to have.
You were always mine.
We have loved each other in and out
in and out
in and out
of time.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! You’re always welcome. :)
      I was watching a movie the other day, (I forgot the name of it) but Maya Angelou was reading this poem for a wedding. I just sat there in awe. I had to find it and post it after that.

      1. The name of the movie was Madea’s Family Reunion. I watched it last night and that’s why I looked it up this morning.

  1. I’ve always wanted to know more about Ms Mayas poems… 😞 It saddens me to read them while she is no more…i love her work it really inspires us as women 😊❤

  2. Hi
    But is this poem just about love between two individuals? Or is it about Man…how we are one and that whatever happens, we will still see the distance in our long way home.

    1. That’s an awesome question! To me, it’s both and maybe something more that I haven’t discovered yet. I think some of the most masterfully made poems allow the reader to create their own meaning. Poetry, for me, is a chance to look at something from a new perspective. As I read, my mind absorbs the words and develops a meaning based on my own thoughts, ideas, and experiences. Then I get to decide whether I agree with that meaning or not. I’ve found that sometimes when I’m doing critiques in workshops, I develop a meaning that’s completely different from the author’s original intention. But it doesn’t matter really because I still take something valuable from it.

  3. Thanks so much for your response. I like the fact that it is left to interpretation, although other people I’ve discussed this believe it is just a love situation between two people but for me, it’s always the first thing that hits me when I read a poem that touches me. Cheer!

  4. I first heard maya render this poem in the Tyler perry movie and it brought tears to my eyes,love is really a very beautiful thing that everybody should experience,very wonderful work of art by the legendary maya angelou

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