In and Out of Time

30 May

It’s amazing how sometimes you learn and know more of people after they are gone from this world. I really didn’t know much of Maya Angelou. Actually, the first time I saw her was when she featured in Tyler Perry’s Madea Family Reunion. For those who haven’t seen the movie, she recited a poem almost at the end of it and I loved it. She seemed so intense and wise, and you could see that it was beyond her character to her real person. The kind of woman, whose words you would be wise to acknowledge.

Maya Angelou; A Phenomenal Woman indeed

Maya Angelou; A Phenomenal Woman indeed

Since her recent death, I have read more of her poems and quotes and truly, my first impression was right. She was wise! Her story speaks of courage and strength, in spite of her past or times. She wasn’t without controversy or criticism or maybe, even wrongs, but nevertheless, her story and works leaves an exceptional part of her behind.

So in my tribute to such a phenomenal woman, I choose to share with you, the very first poem I ever heard her recite –In and Out of Time

The sun has come.
The mist has gone.
We see in the distance…
our long way home.
I was always yours to have.
You were always mine.

We have loved each other in and out of time.

When the first stone looked up at the blazing sun
and the first tree struggled up from the forest floor
I had always loved you more.
You freed your braids…
gave your hair to the breeze.
It hummed like a hive of honey bees.
I reached in the mass for the sweet honey comb there….
Mmmm…God how I love your hair.

You saw me bludgeoned by circumstance.
Lost, injured, hurt by chance.
I screamed to the heavens….loudly screamed….
Trying to change our nightmares into dreams…

The sun has come.
The mist has gone.
We see in the distance our long way home.
I was always yours to have.
You were always mine.
We have loved each other in and out
in and out
in and out
of time.

RIP Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) . You will be remembered by many                                                                                                                                 



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3 responses to “In and Out of Time

  1. plaintain1

    May 30, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    I’ve not read this poem before, but it’s wonderful, wistful, sad. It could mean a number of things. But what comes to mind is how we are one, how we have always been one and will always be one because we are called Man. it doesn’t matter how we treat each other, love or hate one another but we are One. I would like to know what you think it means?

    • journalofacomplexmind

      May 31, 2014 at 12:09 pm

      Hello Plaintain1, thanks for the comment and I am glad I could be the one to introduce it to you. I do agree that it is one of those poems where you are left to interpret it whichever way you want.

      Personally, it is more about a story of two lovers (I like love way too much). In my head, they are so close to each other, maybe friends, but for some reason (something idealist), they couldn’t be together. They have probably loved each other for a long time and through different seasons of their lives. They have watched and helped each other through loss, pain, and heartbreak, in different ways. Finally, love has stopped being so idealist and they are able to be with each other; to love each other, not just from a distance any more but in a way that is what they had always hoped for and dreamt about.

      They have loved each other ‘in and out of time’ and finally, they can be lovers, in the true sense of the word.

  2. plaintain1

    May 31, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    Hi there and thanks for taking the time. Your interpretation is probably correct. It is just the first thing that hits me upon reading it – the ‘couple’ may fight but it’s inevitable that at some point, in time, they will come together whether they want to or not. But nevertheless, the more I read this, the more painful it seems. Heartbreaking.


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