"...We, this people, on this wayward, floating
Created on this earth, of this earth
have the power to fashion for this earth
A climate where every man and every woman
Can live freely without sanctimonious piety
And without crippling fear..."
"...History, despite its wrenching pain,
Cannot be unlived, and if faced with courage,
Need not be lived again.
Lift up your eyes upon
The day breaking for you.
Give birth again
To the dream..."
Both of these excerpts are from Poems written
Maya Angelou. You can find a page of
and a short biography at the following URL
Poetry on the Net