Thank You, Maya

The literary world lost a legend today. I have to admit, I’m not a fan of poetry. Sometimes a poem will strike a chord within me and I tolerate them. But mostly I don’t go for poetry, much to the chagrin of my husband. (As a side note, when we were “courting”, he used to read his favorite poems to me. I was impressed, but we’ve long passed the courting stage and he hasn’t recited a poem since.) Mostly I’d rather read novels or even short stories instead of poetry.

Maya’s poems are an exception for me. Her words are beautiful and strong, empowering and inspirational. They resonate and make you think, oozing a type of confidence you would want to emulate.

I wanted to have a record here of one of my favorites, although she has so much exceptional work it’s hard to narrow it down to one favorite.

My favorite Maya Angelou poem, Still I Rise.

Just like moons and like suns,

With the certainty of tides,

Just like hopes springing high,

Still I’ll rise.


– Maya Angelou

As sad as it is to lose great people, it’s amazing to think about how they’ve touched your life. If you have been inspired by Maya’s words, she lives on in you and everyone else she has influenced.

Thank you, Maya, for being a strong woman who took the time to share your wisdom with the rest of the world. The world is a better place because of your words.


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