Another prolific writer has passed away. Maya Angelou has written well-known works such as the memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, and is well known for her poetry and her brutal honesty. Although I’ve read and admired her poetry, I only recently “discovered” her as the incredible woman whose traumatic past influenced her to become a voice for women; especially for African American women.
Earlier this year I read a quote of hers posted in front of my son’s fourth grade classroom. It resonated with me and drenched me with its wisdom. In a twist of irony, later that afternoon I decided to break open one of the Oprah magazines I was behind in reading and discovered an interview with Ms. Angelou inside its pages. If you’re the type to believe in signs, then that was one for sure. I’m still trying to figure out what it means. 🙂 Now fast forward two months and this author’s name has been plastered across Facebook, unfortunately because of her demise.
Her famous quotes include:
“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.”
“Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.”
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.”
“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”
I’m very glad I “discovered” her. I’m including one of her poems. If you don’t know much about her, this is a good resources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maya_Angelou
by Maya Angelou
A free bird leaps
on the back of the wind
and floats downstream
till the current ends
and dips his wing
in the orange sun rays
and dares to claim the sky.
But a bird that stalks
down his narrow cage
can seldom see through
his bars of rage
his wings are clipped
and his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing.