Poems of Maya Angelou
While she may be best known for her book “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” I can’t say enough how much her poetry has resonated with me. Here two of my favorite poems from her:
My top pick for her poems is “Awakening in New York.” It captures the city of New York so well and the line “stretching into dawn” has many layers of meaning. The poem “A Brave and Startling Truth” has strong imagery and speaks to how she was not afraid to tackle controversial issues. She understood that the abuse is something we need to confront and used words of poetry to do so. Her words slide effortlessly across the page while depicting such struggle – the irony is not lost on me.
Many times Maya Angelou’s quoted words have left me breathless. She had a way of connecting with both young and old – there was no age limit to who she could reach. How could that be? Because, words – in her quotes, poems and books – could reach through to the ageless heart of many people. Here are some wonderful quotes from her:
“Be a rainbow in somebody else’s cloud”
“I’ve learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life.”
“People will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
And, taking the line from that last quote above, she did make me feel powerful. Her words touched me as women, poet and author. She gave me hope of rising from abuse and finding therapy in words. Rest in peace, dear Maya, and we promise to keep your words close to our hearts.