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May 28 2014

Amazement Awaits

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Omari Faulkner (@ostreet3)  By: Omari Faulkner, Adjunct Professor- Georgetown Univetrsity School of Continuing Studies Sports Industry Management

Today as members of the human race, we mourn the loss of an award-winning author, civil rights activist, professor, and an inspirational leader, Dr. Maya Angelou.  Dr. Angelou, a beloved poet had (and always will) the influence to motivate students, civil rights leaders, executives, athletes, parents, etc. and at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, she inspired millions across the globe with her poem “Amazement Awaits”.  In this masterful work of art, Maya Angelou delivers a powerful message that reminds us that we are all amazing and together, we can accomplish all.

Here are the words to “Amazement Awaits”

Amazement Awaits
By Maya Angelou
Sheer amazement awaits
Amazement luxuriant in promise
Abundant in wonder
Our beautiful children arrive at this Universal stadium
They have bathed in the waters of the world
And carry the soft silt of the Amazon, the Nile,
The Danube, the Rhine, the Yangtze and the Mississippi
In the palms of their right hands.
A wild tiger nestles in each armpit
And a meadowlark perches on each shoulder.
We, the world audience, stand, arms akimbo,
Longing for the passion of the animal
And the melody of the lark
The tigers passion attend the opening bells,
The birds sing of the amazement which awaits.
The miracle of joy that comes out of the gathering of our best, bringing their best,
Displaying the splendor of their bodies and the radiance of their agile minds to the cosmos.
Encouragement to those other youth caught in the maws of poverty,
Crippled by the terror of ignorance.
They say Brothers and Sisters, Yes, try. Then try harder.
Lunge forward, press eagerly for release.
The amazement which awaits is for you.
We are here at the portal of the world we had wished for
At the lintel of the world we most need.
We are here roaring and singing.
We prove that we can not only make peace, we can bring it with us.
With respect for the world and its people,
We can compete passionately without hatred.
With respect for the world and its people,
We can take pride in the achievement of strangers.
With respect for the world and its people,
We can share openly in the success of friends.
Here then is the Amazement
Against the odds of impending war
In the mouth of bloody greed
Human grace and human spirit can still conquer.
Ah … We discover, we ourselves
Are the Amazement which awaits
We are ourselves Amazement.

 

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