Maya Angelou affected my life at a very young age. Her fearless and beautiful confidence in her own femininity gave me hope that I could someday express my true self using words.
She had this graceful pride that was at once stunning and inspiring.
And her voice.
Oh my word, her voice.
She is one of those people that I believe God gave us as a reminder that if we truly explore our gifts the most amazing things will happen.
A few weeks ago she was supposed to visit our local library. I got online and the tickets were literally gone within seconds. My husband worked his magic and brought home tickets in the prime section. And then she had to cancel.
There were catty comments on Facebook about her diva ways of canceling appearances, but I knew she wasn’t in good health. While I was heartbroken, I did not judge. I understood.
Even though I’m sad I didn’t get to see her, I’m grateful for the opportunity to daydream about it. Her life in Arkansas was not at all pleasant. Nobody would blame her if she never came back. But she almost did. And I almost got to see her.
In Dr. Angelou’s memory here my favorite of her words…
Phenomenal Woman (excerpt)
Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
It’s in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
– Maya Angelou
Still I Rise (excerpt)
Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?
– Still I Rise by Maya Angelou