Love Costs All We Are

Softly I felt

The intensity of light

Moving through me

Awakening my senses

Illuminating the view

Of everything around me

As if a dark cloud had 

Dissipated into the atmosphere

-Carmen H Gray

Touched by An Angel

by Maya Angelou

We, unaccustomed to courage
exiles from delight
live coiled in shells of loneliness
until love leaves its high holy temple
and comes into our sight
to liberate us into life.
Love arrives
and in its train come ecstasies
old memories of pleasure
ancient histories of pain.
Yet if we are bold,
love strikes away the chains of fear
from our souls.
We are weaned from our timidity
In the flush of love's light
we dare be brave
And suddenly we see
that love costs all we are
and will ever be.
Yet it is only love
which sets us free.


“Men themselves have wondered   
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,   
They say they still can’t see.   
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,   
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.”
-from Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou


by Carmen H Gray

Curves in motion

Soft waves

In the undulating sea

Circles spiraling

Triangular mystery

Ballads and songs

Carefully crafted

Throughout history

For the life-giving

Beauty of femininity