Love Arrives

If we are lucky…

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 to 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.
   ~~ Maya Angelou, Love’s Exquisite Freedom


To my love, my life, my wife. I love you, Shannon.