By Maya Angelou
During this appealing, deeply relocating poem, Maya Angelou evokes us to embody the peace and promise of Christmas, in order that wish and love can once more remove darkness from our vacations and the area. "Angels and Mortals, Believers and Nonbelievers, glance heavenward," she writes, "and converse the note aloud. Peace."
Read by means of the poet on the lighting fixtures of the nationwide Christmas Tree on the White residence on December 1, 2005, Maya Angelou's occasion of the "Glad Season" is a radiant confirmation of the goodness of existence and a gorgeous vacation present for individuals of all faiths.
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A sharpened stick about five feet long trailed from his right hand, and except for a pair of tattered shorts held up by his knife-belt he was naked. He closed his eyes, raised his head and breathed in gently with flared nostrils, assessing the current of warm air for information. The forest and he were very still. At length he let out his breath in a long sigh and opened his eyes. They were bright blue, eyes that in this frustration seemed bolting and nearly mad. He passed his tongue across dry lips and scanned the uncommunicative forest.
He took a step, and able at last to hit someone, stuck his fist into Piggy's stomach. Piggy sat down with a grunt. Jack stood over him. His voice was vicious with humiliation. "You would, would you? " Ralph made a step forward and Jack smacked Piggy's head. Piggy's glasses flew off and tinkled on the rocks. " He went crouching and feeling over the rocks but Simon, who got there first, found them for him. Passions beat about Simon on the mountain-top with awful wings. " Piggy grabbed and put on the glasses.
Jack felt encouraged. He went on scrambling and the laughter rose to a gale of hysteria. Unwillingly Ralph felt his lips twitch; he was angry with himself for giving way. He muttered. " Jack broke out of his gyration and stood facing Ralph. His words came in a shout. " He looked at Piggy, at the hunters, at Ralph. "I'm sorry. About the fire, I mean. There. I--" He drew himself up. " The buzz from the hunters was one of admiration at this handsome behavior. Clearly they were of the opinion that Jack had done the decent thing, had put himself in the right by his generous apology and Ralph, obscurely, in the wrong.