Wednesday, May 28th, 2014
Maya Angelou had an uncanny way of deeply touching all women, especially those of us who have experienced racism, neglect, abuse, self-doubt and hardship. This beautiful, famous poet had a way of reaching into our hearts and heads and making us feel understood and supported. Maya Angelou created stronger feminine energy during her time on this earth. She sparked our thoughts, imaginations and, most importantly, gave us permission to be sad and to be strong. She celebrated the woman and the human experience and all of the richness that life brings.
As you may have heard, Maya Angelou died in her home in North Carolina this morning.
I had the pleasure of meeting her twice, and I felt honored in her presence. She had the aura of a great sage. She was so loving and strong and tall that I cried when I got the chance to say hello. And I will shed a tear today for this dear lady and role model who I loved so much.
My favorite lines of hers–and I have read and reread every single word she’s ever published–are these from the poem Phenomenal Woman. I take this to bed when I’m sad. I read it at my dear aunt’s grave. I share it with my daughters for no reason at all. I can’t wait until they are old enough to read I Know Why the Cage Bird Sings.
Goodbye, Maya Angelou. You were a phenomenal woman. Thank you for sharing your life and words.
May the Lord keep and protect you.
Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou
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