Maya Angelou: Phenomenal Woman

After successfully parking in a very ideal parking spot earlier this morning, I maneuvered the stick(thing) into the gear of P and proceeded to turn off the engine. Early to my yoga class, as I usually am, I pulled out my tablet and, as habit would have it, opened up my Instagram app — scrolling briefly through my timeline, before posting a post of my own. I then, momentarily took another peek at prior photos, and paused:


Reading this, I felt my heart dropped heavy into the pit of my chest as I sat there, distraught, continuing to scroll through other post, only to see similar ones which confirmed the news.

Screen Shot 2014-05-28 at 11.06.23 AMWas the very first Maya Angelou quote I’d ever read at the age of 12.
The quote, then, was in the form of a magnet on the desk of one of my mother’s co-workers.
Since then, as I revisit this quote here and there, it’s internally reinstalls itself, and brings a gentle awareness to my day.

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings was the first publication I read from Dr. Angelou, and was one of the first books my father gave to me at the beginning of my teenage years.
It is a book I feel I did not, at the time, truly appreciate, and is something I must read again with new eyes and a more open heart and mind.

Maya Angelou was more than just an author and poet to me. And as I began to mature as a woman, even now, she continues, through here ever-present and powerful words which move mountains, to inspire me as a woman.
A woman of color.
A woman writer.
A woman who is learning to love, honor and cherish her being.
I am sadden that I was not able to meet her whilst she resided here on earth, but I am thankful that her legacy echoes, and shall continue to sing brilliantly for generations to come.

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Maya Angelou (Marguerite Ann Johnson), you will be dearly missed.
With every ounce of woman, writer and being that I am, I salute you and pray that your journey heaven-bound warms your spirit, beautifully, honorably and welcomingly.

Maya Angelou shared her light with the world and in doing so made it a far better place.

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