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Tribute to Maya Angelou

Published:Sunday | June 1, 2014 | 12:00 AM
We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty. - Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou, the acclaimed poet, storyteller, social activist, and autobiographer passed away on May 28. Her life and her works transcended boundaries and influenced generations. Here are some poems sent by our readers, recognising this fearless icon.

  • Farewell Dr. Maya Angelou

Only you know why

The caged bird sings

You have been taken

From us

Now under the Lord's

wings

You assured us

That nobody can make it

Out here alone

And life doesn't frighten you

Because you're solid as a stone

A phenomenal woman

God's very own

Always trying to be a rainbow

In someone's cloud

Your words were so profound

But on the pulse of morning

You have us mourning

Your passing time

You have made such a positive

Impact on mankind

It's really hard to fathom

We wish your day was not done

But it is

It is done

And we say thank you

For truly inspiring

Through your kind words

You were one of the world's

finest pearls

Dr. Maya Angelou

Indeed we are hurt

To say Farewell

You will forever be missed

Here on earth

As you were one of

The world's greatest gifts

- Theresa Peters

  • Ode to Maya Angelou

On the pulse of the morning,

a phenomenal heart took on a grey silence;

and the sun was wrung dry of all its colours.

The willows held their voices,

and Isaiah's lamentation is renewed "... weeping

for the daughter of my people."

You made little boys of the odds,

created a shrine of determination

and wrote with fiery grace...

The world ate from your palms

and drank from the fountain of your prolific

mind.

Time danced to your tunes

and emblazoned your name on the chest of history.

You released the cage birds, regal, redeemed -

They took to the sky to sing, and sing they did.

But on the pulse of the morning,

a phenomenal heart took on a grey silence,

an iconic pen begins to sleep...

- Rohan Facey

  • You have inspired me

I was hoping to grace the stage of your presence one day,

But that anticipation has vaporised into a shadow few days ago.

I've been shaken by the vibration of this saddening reality,

That you have been taken from us,

You've been taken away from me.

Behind the veil of social media,

Dr. Maya Angelou you've inspired me.

On the wings of your words you've spilt wisdom,

To instruct the minds that weren't taught how to think,

And to eradicate the sting of segregation,

Out of the hearts of Whites and the skins of the Blacks.

Your life inscriptions we can never forget,

The many tears you have cried when you were younger,

And the laughter you shared when you grew older,

Maya Angelou,

There are so many things about you to remember.

You were a phenomenal woman,

A teacher that preached prophetically through each of your books,

You've created your own lock for the 'wanted' - racism, that old crook.

You were a woman phenomenal,

A phenomenal woman.

You've trod the rugged streets rough,

With fighting feet, Maya you were tough.

You wore the garment of courage,

Despite the arrows of bitter twisted lies.

You glowed in the midst of darkness,

You were a woman who was wise.

From the cage of this world, you flew away.

You're not with us anymore, not even today.

Dr. Maya Angelou,

Our hearts are broken.

Even though you've encouraged us to stand,

Our feet are weak, they have been shaken.

You were a Giant to many,

A friend to Barack Obama,

We esteem you legendary.

With prayers strong we hold up your family.

We cannot say goodbye, so we'll say hello,

Dr. Maya Angelou.

RIP...

- Daron Chosen Smith

  • We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty. - Maya Angelou