November Chaos | But. I. Must.

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Hard times require poetry, so I’m throwing myself into the works of some of my favorite poets this evening. I’m laying down all the challenges of the week, the month, the year, all the disgust I feel over the Rittenhouse verdict, and all the pent up emotions over [it seems] a hundred other things.

If we are not careful, the bitter disappointments and horrors of this world can make us distant and cold, so let’s meditate on the wisdom of Maya Angelou and strive to show up in a way that will stand for eternity.

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“Continue” by Maya Angelou
(This is part of the poem written as a gift for Oprah Winfrey)

My wish for you
Is that you continue

Continue

To be who and how you are
To astonish a mean world
With your acts of kindness

Continue

To allow humor to lighten the burden
of your tender heart

Continue

In a society dark with cruelty
To let the people hear the grandeur
Of God in the peals of your laughter

Continue

To let your eloquence
Elevate the people to heights
They had only imagined

Continue

To remind the people that
Each is as good as the other
And that no one is beneath
Nor above you

Continue

To remember your own young years
And look with favor upon the lost
And the least and the lonely

Continue

To put the mantel of your protection
Around the bodies of
The young and defenseless

Continue

To take the hand of the despised
And diseased and walk proudly with them
In the high street
Some might see you and
Be encouraged to do likewise

Continue

To plant a public kiss of concern
On the cheek of the sick
And the aged and infirm
And count that as a
Natural action to be expected

Continue

To let gratitude be the pillow
Upon which you kneel to
Say your nightly prayer
And let faith be the bridge
You build to overcome evil
And welcome good

Continue

To ignore no vision
Which comes to enlarge your range
And increase your spirit

Continue

To dare to love deeply
And risk everything
For the good thing

Continue

To float
Happily in the sea of infinite substance
Which set aside riches for you
Before you had a name

Continue

And by doing so
You and your work
Will be able to continue
Eternally

I pray that you continue…

21 thoughts on “November Chaos | But. I. Must.

  1. Janet from FL says:

    That’s a beautiful poem to share with us. Even though I suspected what the verdict would be, I was still shocked when Rittenhouse was not guilty of all charges. I cried for the injustice. What can we do, but carry on. As the Obama’s say — If they take the low road, we go high. I pray that God brings justice to this world, that God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Soon, Lord, please!

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  2. AmyRose🌹 says:

    Chandra Lynn, from your words and from what I see from others here, we are at odds regarding certain issues. But. That will not stop me from embracing you as you are for you have every right to be who you are. I do not get involved in the world at large for my Guidance has shown me where Heaven on Earth truly is and that, my friend, is where my heart remains every day. I loved these words in your poem, feeling such deep Gratitude that though we may not see eye to eye at times, bottom line, when it comes to Love we can all agree that is the only way to live. Thank you for sharing you. Much Love to you! xo

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    • Chandra Lynn says:

      Thank you for your thoughtful comment, AmyRose! I love the variety of thought and principles in the blogosphere. I don’t expect everyone to agree with me or even share my values. What matters to me is that we respect each other’s humanity and right to be who we are. That is the spirit of your comment and I respect that. And yes, when it comes down to it, LOVE is the only way to live well. Love to you as well… ❤

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      • AmyRose🌹 says:

        Let us both pray that what is happening here on WP radiates out to the world so that people will be able to talk with each other again without hatred or anger or violence. We can only live through our example living in peace, acceptance, and love, setting the precedence that under all this dissension we are humanity.

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  3. Dr. Andrea Dinardo says:

    Your words are MAGIC Chandra Lynn.

    The repetition and contrast of “I just can’t”.. BUT. I. MUST. Stopped me in my tracks.

    Grateful to have found you on WordPress. I look forward to seeing the world through your words (and eyes).

    Andrea ❤️

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    • Chandra Lynn says:

      That “i.just.can’t.” was a hard moment. Thankfully, my initial response–after much contemplation and prayer–transformed. I never want to get stuck in “can’t,” especially when it comes to my well-being.

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