First Paragraph: Amazing Peace by Maya Angelou

firstparagraphEvery Tuesday Diane at Bibliophile By the Sea shares the first paragraph of a book currently being read. Feel free to join the fun.

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I’m featuring this lovely Christmas poem written by one of our country’s well-loved literary figures, Maya Angelou. She is, sadly, no longer with us. This poem was first read in 2005 at the tree-lighting ceremony at the White House. Here’s how it begins:

Thunder rumbles in the mountain passes

And lightening rattles the ears of our houses.

Floodwaters await in our avenues.

Snow falls upon snow, falls upon snow to avalance

Over unprotected villages.

The sky slips low and gray and threatening.


What do you think? Would you keep reading?

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10 Responses to First Paragraph: Amazing Peace by Maya Angelou

  1. Emma says:

    I’d keep reading. Gorgeous.

  2. Lovely. Such a talented author and fascinating personality.

  3. I loved how the words brought vivid images, and made me feel the scenes. Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.

  4. A lovely poem – I want to read more of her work.

  5. Janet says:

    I am not familiar with this poem. It is lovely. I’d keep reading for sure.

  6. Oh, how beautiful! I absolutely loved her memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings but haven’t read any of her poems – thanks for sharing!


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  7. Diane says:

    Such a pretty cover – I’d read more.

  8. Harvee says:

    A little ominous and can be applied to our present day, it seems. I’d read on.

  9. Vicki says:

    I’d definitely keep reading. And I love the cover!

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