A few days before Dr. Maya Angelou passed away I was online and saw this small article headline on the lower right hand corner of my computer screen reading “Maya Angelou Has Cancelled Speech Due To Health”. The day she passed I teared up and cried every time I reread a poem. or looked at her face and the curl and swirl of her smile. Dr. Maya Angelou gave us her light for 86 years.
“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 was mute for nearly 6 years. She was raped by her mother’s boyfriend and when she told the police they put him in jail. H e was released from jail a day later but was found dead. He had been killed. Maya at 7 years old believed that her words her, her voice was so powerful that it had killed a man. And so she became mute for many years. At her tender age she understood the power of her voice and the power of her words.
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”
Dr. Maya Angelou is my first hero to go back to God. She was apart of my entire life. Not one year of school went by without a terence of Maya Angelou. For a group project in college I chose her “Phenomenal Woman” poem to be embroidered on a purse to be given to homeless women in Philadelphia. Not one month goes by with myself or someone quoting “If, someone shows you who they are, believe them” or “When you know better you do better”. She has been on my vision boards since I started making vision boards. I had visions of myself, Oprah and Dr. Maya Angelou having tea on a backyard patio in a beautiful garden surrounded by flowers and crisp green grass. I had visions of us laughing and speaking casually about everything and nothing at the same time. I won’t get to hug her, tell her what an honor it is to meet her, smell her, touch her face. I won’t get to do any of that. It’s hard to swallow that fact. I’ll continue to keep her photos on my vision boards. Now instead of envisioning meeting her I am going envision God allowing me to leave behind a legacy as large as hers in my own way. God spoke through Maya in all art forms to uplift others through poetry,being a civil rights activist, dancing, a mother, singing, a daughter, acting, writing, directing. She was the ultimate Jack of All Trades..Master of them All. God brings people onto Earth to light up darkness and uses people to fix things that are not right. Dr. Maya Angelou’s life holds this as fact.
“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”
I can’t explain how I feel. I tear up. I get disappointed. All of these can’t begin to explain how I feel. But something in me has shifted. A dull light within me has turned into a raging fire.
“Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.”