Poems

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“Our Greatest Fear”- Marianne Williamson
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“Dreams” – Langston Hughes
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“Waiting for Nothing” – Frederick Douglass Harper
4
“Still I Rise” – Maya Angelou

“Our Greatest Fear”- Marianne Williamson

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?

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“Dreams” – Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes was the first African American to earn a living as a writer. He was an influential poet, novelist and playwright. His prolific works captured the African American experience.

Dreams

Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.

Hold fast to dreams

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“Waiting for Nothing” – Frederick Douglass Harper

Motivational poem by Frederick Douglass Harper. He escaped from  slavery to become a world-renowned social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman.

 

Waiting for Nothing

Please, please, please—
My friend,

Don’t stand there at the starting blocks

With an empty heart and worry on your mind,
Because no one yet has been carried to the finish line;

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“Still I Rise” – Maya Angelou

Beautiful inspirational poem by Maya Angelou – Author, poet, historian, songwriter, playwright, dancer, stage and screen producer, director, performer, singer, and civil rights activist.

 Still I Rise

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust,
I’ll rise.

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