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Vocabulary from Maya Angelou's On The Pulse of Morning

May 28, 2014
Maya Angelou died on May 28, 2014. Best known for her autobiography, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Angelou was also a supremely accomplished poet. The list below is drawn from perhaps her most famous poem, "On the Pulse of Morning" which she read at President Clinton's first inaugural, in 1993.
sojourn
A Rock, A River, A Tree
Hosts to species long since departed,
Marked the mastodon,
The dinosaur, who left dried tokens
Of their sojourn here
On our planet floor,
Any broad alarm of their hastening doom
Is lost in the gloom of dust and ages.
hasten
A Rock, A River, A Tree
Hosts to species long since departed,
Marked the mastodon,
The dinosaur, who left dried tokens
Of their sojourn here
On our planet floor,
Any broad alarm of their hastening doom
Is lost in the gloom of dust and ages.
perpetually
Each of you, a bordered country,
Delicate and strangely made proud,
Yet thrusting perpetually under siege.
siege
Each of you, a bordered country,
Delicate and strangely made proud,
Yet thrusting perpetually under siege.
cynicism
Before cynicism was a bloody sear across your
Brow and when you yet knew you still
Knew nothing.
yearning
There is a true yearning to respond to
The singing River and the wise Rock.
wrench
History, despite its wrenching pain
Cannot be unlived, but if faced
With courage, need not be lived again.
yoke
Do not be wedded forever
To fear, yoked eternally
To brutishness.
mendicant
No less to Midas than the mendicant.
grace
Here, on the pulse of this new day
You may have the grace to look up and out
And into your sister's eyes, and into
Your brother's face, your country
And say simply
Very simply
With hope --
Good morning.

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