A Tribute to Maya: My Pen's Inspiration

Poet. Educator. Civil Rights Activist. that influenced my pen.

Wow! Maya Angelou! One of the greats-a wise legend indeed.

Beginning my day and finding out such news, made my heart drop. Its a sad moment for the literary community and for the world. I've mentioned before that Maya Angelou along with Langston Hughes has always been my inspiration as a writer. 

Her work will forever be remembered and can't be duplicated. It seems as though she's seen everything in life and lived to the fullest. One of the last poems she wrote that I loved was dedicated to Nelson Mandela, titled "His Day is Gone."

She was powerful, unforgettable-Her words stood so strong. As a journalist, I wish I could have interviewed her, as a writer I wish I could have penned a verse with her, and as a woman I wish I could  have conversed on life's journey with her. She may be gone but she still influences my pen as so many others before her have. Not only that, but this summer as I beginning teaching creative writing workshops, I will make it a priority for every child that walks in the door to know the significance of Maya Angelou's work when they leave.

       "The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise."

"I want to write so well that a person is 30 or 40 pages in a book of mine, before she realizes she's reading."

        "I've learned that making a 'living' is not the same thing as 'making a life'."

"I want to be known as a courageous woman, a loving woman, a woman that teaches by being." ~Maya Angelou 1928-2014

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