R.I.P. Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

From CNN:

A literary voice revered globally for her poetic command and her commitment to civil rights has fallen silent.

Maya Angelou died at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on Wednesday, said her literary agent, Helen Brann.

The 86-year-old was a novelist, actress, professor, singer, dancer and activist. In 2010, President Barack Obama awarded her the Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor.

One of Angelou’s most revered books was “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.”

Writer Julian Mayfield is said to have described the autobiography as “a work of art which eludes description.”

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11 thoughts on “R.I.P. Maya Angelou

  1. A truly amazing poet! She really had a way with words. She’ll be missed. 😦

    One of my favs by her:

    You declare you see me dimly
    through a glass which will not shine,
    though I stand before you boldly,
    trim in rank and marking time.
    You do own to hear me faintly
    as a whisper out of range,
    while my drums beat out the message
    and the rhythms never change.

    Equality, and I will be free.
    Equality, and I will be free.

    You announce my ways are wanton,
    that I fly from man to man,
    but if I’m just a shadow to you,
    could you ever understand ?

    We have lived a painful history,
    we know the shameful past,
    but I keep on marching forward,
    and you keep on coming last.

    Equality, and I will be free.
    Equality, and I will be free.

    Take the blinders from your vision,
    take the padding from your ears,
    and confess you’ve heard me crying,
    and admit you’ve seen my tears.

    Hear the tempo so compelling,
    hear the blood throb in my veins.
    Yes, my drums are beating nightly,
    and the rhythms never change.

    Equality, and I will be free.
    Equality, and I will be free.

  2. 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.

    May You Rest In Eternal Peace Dear Maya
    May You Find Joy In The Arms of God

      1. thanks but this is one of her poems, you may have heard it in Madea’s Family Reunion

  3. She was just a brilliant and amazing woman. And I loved her books and poetry. My favorite Maya Angelou book is “Singing, Swinging and Getting Merry Like Christmas. “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings” was my first introduction to her in 8th grade. I am so sad . RIP to this divine queen.

  4. wow can’t believe this, I remember reading part of her book I know why the caged bird sings for high school literature, she had such wisdom especially when she said “when someone shows u who they are believe them the first time”

    “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
    Maya Angelou

    That right there is so true, she had such wisdom and grace, I liked her voice as well, it was powerful. all of the wise elders are dying, who is left.

  5. This!!! Yes, what a trip that you mentioned the above quote about when someone shows their true self-one should Definitely believe them, as I was just talking with my fam members about this very same topic, and how to avoid those who are toxic in their lives! Thank you for all your wisdom, and R.I.P. Maya Angelou..

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