“Continue” by Maya Angelou

Last week, a number of my friends on social media shared Maya Angelou’s poem “Continue” to mark the start of a new year. Originally written as a birthday gift for Oprah Winfrey, the poem seemed especially powerful in the face of violence once more erupting in the Middle East, fires ravaging vast parts of Australia, politics generally having gone berserk and, here in the UK, all of this being incredibly easy overshadowed by a so called “royal crisis”. It would be easy to turn bitter in these times but the poem shows us how not to.