Tributes in Words and Light

Extravagant Spirits
BY MAYA
ANGELOU

Without their fierce devotion
We are fragile and
forlorn,
Stumbling briefly, among the stars.

 
We and our futures belong to
them
Exquisitely, our beliefs and our
Breaths are made tangible in their
love.
 
By their extravagant spirits, they draw
us
From the safe borders
And into the center of the center ring
There
they urge dance upon our
Leaden feet
And to our sullen hearts,
Bright
laughter.
 
Not the crowd’s roar nor the
gasped
Breath of the timorous can stay their mission.
 
There is no moderation in their
nature.
They spit upon their fingers
To test the wind of history,
They
slip into our bonds and steal us
Away from the slavery of
cowardice.
 
They skin back their thin lips over fanged
teeth and
Rocks in hand, in our presence
Face down our
Goliath.
 
These mothers, fathers, pastors and
priests,
These Rabbis, Imams and gurus,
Teach us by their valor and mold
us with their courage.
 
Without their fierce devotion
We are
only forlorn and only fragile
Stumbling briefly, among the
stars.

Tilbs

Conceived in the aftermath of the September 11th tragedies, Tribute in Light is
a temporary artistic gesture bringing together the vision and talent of numerous
individuals who, shortly after the attacks, independently envisioned two beams
of light rising from downtown New York.

Tribute in Light

Image: © 2005 The Baltimore Sun, John Makely

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