Sunday, December 28, 2014

Inspiration and Heroes and Moments of Profound Understanding of our Humanity

Sometimes you need a reminder.  The world that hides the truth lays itself victim   "I liberate you from my ignorance."

To me and many others, Maya Angelou has been a light of deep wisdom rising up against the backdrop of what we have all overcome in our strive toward humanity as a way of life.

The Mask shared by Maya Angelou... Powerful. 

"Look at the people I come from... That is LOVE!"

The reason for Mels Love Land's existence is a daily reminder that we are equals... "no human being can be more human than another human being."  We remember together that each of us carries the weight of oppression, what we do to one, we do to ourselves. "Bring peace in your heart wherever you go."

Thankful to Maya Angelou and in a year where we lost this wise and wonderful soul, so grateful her work lives on to inspire us and guide us and wake us and allow us the privilege of being better today than we were yesterday in her reminder to love.

We all have one or two words from this woman that strike so deeply to our soul that we are forever opened in the wake of hearing, this is one of them, for me,  easy, light and meaningful, these most expressive and wonderful words of wisdom you can ever hear...

“Sister, you know what is right, you do right."

Every moment is a moment to do right.

Maya Angelou
poem a combination of two artists work spoken word...

The Mask

We wear the mask that grins and lies. 
It shades our cheeks and hides our eyes. 
This debt we pay to human guile 
With torn and bleeding hearts… 
We smile and mouth the myriad subtleties. 
Why should the world think otherwise 
In counting all our tears and sighs. 
Nay let them only see us while 
We wear the mask.
We smile but oh my God 
Our tears to thee from tortured souls arise 
And we sing Oh Baby doll, now we sing… 
The clay is vile beneath our feet 
And long the mile 
But let the world think otherwise. 
We wear the mask.
When I think about myself 
I almost laugh myself to death. 
My life has been one great big joke! 
A dance that’s walked a song that’s spoke. 
I laugh so hard HA! HA! I almos’ choke 
When I think about myself.
Seventy years in these folks’ world 
The child I works for calls me girl 
I say “HA! HA! HA! Yes ma’am!” 
For workin’s sake 
I’m too proud to bend and 
Too poor to break 
So…I laugh! Until my stomach ache 
When I think about myself. 
My folks can make me split my side 
I laugh so hard, HA! HA! I nearly died 
The tales they tell sound just like lying 
They grow the fruit but eat the rind. 
Hmm huh! I laugh uhuh huh huh… 
Until I start to cry when I think about myself 
And my folks and the children.
My fathers sit on benches, 
Their flesh count every plank, 
The slats leave dents of darkness 
Deep in their withered flank. 
And they gnarled like broken candles, 
All waxed and burned profound. 
They say, but sugar, it was our submission 
that made your world go round.
There in those pleated faces 
I see the auction block 
The chains and slavery’s coffles 
The whip and lash and stock.
My fathers speak in voices 
That shred my fact and sound 
They say, but sugar, it was our submission 
that made your world go round.
They laugh to conceal their crying, 
They shuffle through their dreams 
They stepped ’n fetched a country 
And wrote the blues in screams. 
I understand their meaning, 
It could an did derive 
From living on the edge of death 
They kept my race alive 
By wearing the mask! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!


An adaptation of the poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar "We Wear the Mask"
We Wear the Mask
We wear the mask that grins and lies, 
It shades our cheeks and hides our eyes— 
This debt we pay to human guile; 
With torn and bleeding hearts we smile, 
And mouth with myriad subtleties.
Why should that world be overwise, 
In counting all our tears and sighs? 
Nay, let them only see us, while 
We wear the mask.
We smile, but, oh my God, our cries 
To Thee from tortured souls arise. 
We sing, but oh, the clay is vile 
Beneath our feet, and long the mile; 
But let the world think otherwise, 
We wear the mask.

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