WATER’s September Contemplative Prayer/Meditation featured Judy Bond, who shared a passage by Maya Angelou. Poem and audio below.
“What sets one Southern town apart from another, or from a Northern town or hamlet, or city high-rise? The answer must be the experience shared between the unknowing majority (it) and the knowing minority (you). All of childhood’s unanswered questions must finally be passed back to the town and answered there. Heroes and bogey men, values and dislikes, are first encountered and labeled in that early environment. In later years they change faces, places and maybe races, tactics, intensities and goals, but beneath those penetrable masks they wear forever the stocking-capped faces of childhood.”
Angelou, Maya. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. New York, NY: Bantam, 1971. pp. 15-16.