Maya Angelou photos via Photobucket.
The great American poet and author, Maya Angelou, passed away 2 days ago at the age of 86. She used the power of words to bring healing to many people. One of these people was my mother. Suffering from an abusive childhood, Ms. Angelou’s words, along with The Bible, brought my mother peace and comfort. Her favorite book was I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.
Not only did Maya Angelou write about the black experience in America, she also had a way of understanding the human condition. My favorite poem from Maya Angelou is “Phenomenal Woman”, written in 1978. This poem brought me solace in a world that harbors a hatred of women – especially women of color and those of us who don’t fit the standard Westernized, white-is-right, fat-is-horrible, beauty ideal.
In honor of, not only Maya Angelou, but to all the amazing, beautiful, fierce women in my life, I’m sharing her wonderful poem with all of you. The accompanying photos are some of the phenomenal women who have been a big part of my life.
(In the photo galleries, you can click on or scroll your cursor over each photo for more information.)
by Maya Angelou
I cried a little bit, writing this post. I am very lucky to have so many beautiful, talented, and truly awesome women touch my life. I hope this poem brings you peace, love and happiness, just like it does for me. I also hope that I’m doing my part to bring love, light and creativity to all whom I come into contact with.
“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.” – interview from the July issue of Beautifully Said Magazine, 2012
If you’re not familiar with this amazing woman, you can go to her official website. Her life was too vast and extraordinary for this blog to do it justice.
Much Love & Many Shimmies,