Poetry Friday: In Memory of Maya Angelou

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Today I mourn the loss of Maya Angelou. What an extraordinary human being. One of my favorite Poems is the following:

Still I Rise
Maya Angelou, 1928 – 2014
You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.
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What I loved about her was her message of kindness and of seeing people as people. And of course this quote:

“Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.”
— Maya Angelou

I doubt in my lifetime there will be another person as phenomenal as Maya Angelou.
Thanks to Diane for hosting Poetry Friday at Random Noodling.

Happy Friday.
Happy Poetry.

7 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: In Memory of Maya Angelou

  1. I guess I knew Maya Angelou was aging, but somehow, the news of her dying came as a shock. I kind of imagined her writing for years to come.

  2. She was the “Phenomenal Woman” she wrote about in every sense of the word and more. A lasting influence — what a legacy!

  3. I was so saddened when I heard the news of her passing that I immediately went to find a recording of this and her inaugural poem. Still I Rise is the poem that makes me get back up when I’ve been knocked down.

    Thanks for sharing this today.

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