Wednesday, May 28, 2014 brought news about the death of poet, author, activist and Renaissance woman Dr. Maya Angelou. So many tributes have been given and posted as the world remembers this giant of a woman who imparted so much wisdom and inspired so many.
This writer penned the following poem in February, 2014 and shares it for those of us who have been influenced and enriched by Dr. Angelou's presence, knowledge, writings, wisdom and work in activism.
AN ODE TO MAYA
by Vickie M. Oliver-Lawson
She knew why the caged bird sings,
But still she rose
As this phenomenal woman
Wrote about her life of struggle and survival
From a Black woman to a Black man
And from Mom and me and Mom.
A life, from which she rose to be so richly blessed that
That even the stars look lonesome
As they gathered together in her name.
Like a bird, she rose on the pulse of the morning,
And she would not be moved
As she triumphantly endured everything her life had to offer.
So just give her a cool drink of water
And allow her to be singin’ and swingin’ and getting merry like Christmas,
For she had the heart of a woman
Who has a song flung up to Heaven
And prays that her wings are gonna fit her well
And now she shouts Hallelujah at the Welcome Table.
For this was Maya’s world, and life does not frighten or deter her
And she won’t take nothing for her journey now.
Rest in Paradise, Dr. Maya Angelou (Marguerite Johnson)