Maya Angelou’s famous “Amazing Peace” Poem was recently turned into a picture book (Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem). I love everything about this book, especially the way in which the art matches the words so well. (It’s illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher.)
Here’s an excerpt of “Amazing Peace”.
Thunder rumbles in the mountain passes and lightning rattles the eaves of our houses. Floodwaters await in our avenues.
Snow falls upon snow, falls upon snow to avalanche over unprotected villages. The sky slips low and gray and threatening.
We question ourselves. What have we done to so affront nature? We interrogate and worry God. Are you there? Are you there, really? Does the covenant you made with us still hold?
Into this climate of fear and apprehension, Christmas enters, Streaming lights of joy, ringing bells of hope And singing carols of forgiveness high up in the bright air.
The world is encouraged to come away from rancor, Come the way of friendship.
Click here to read the rest of the poem.
The Miss Rumphius Effect is hosting Poetry Friday this week.
I am a literacy consultant who has spent over a decade working with teachers to improve the teaching of writing in their classrooms. While I work with teachers and students in grade K-6, I'm a former fourth and fifth-grade teacher so I have a passion for working with upper elementary students.
I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).