Our site is about “inspiration”; about “finding lyrical beauty in everyday happenings”. And so I’m amazed that we have not yet featured one who epitomizes those qualities so perfectly. Dr. Maya Angelou. I cannot let April (poetry month)pass without a tribute to this uplifting woman.
Dr. Maya Angelou is one of the most renowned and influential voices of our time. Hailed as a global renaissance woman, Dr. Angelou is a celebrated poet, memoirist, novelist, educator, dramatist, producer, actress, historian, filmmaker, and civil rights activist.
We don’t look anything alike, Maya Angelou and I. We would never be mistaken for blood relatives of course, and yet this wonderful woman with her gentle spirit has a comforting motherly or grandmotherly effect on me. I feel drawn to cuddle up on her lap and rest against her bosom while she recites her poetry and shares her stories. (I know…I’d squish the poor woman at this stage in our lives but I’m not speaking literally here people!)
My step-daughter Lisa read a few pages to me from one of Maya’s books. It was from a collection of her thoughts for each calendar day. Her words were immediately inspiring and I went out in search for the book. I haven’t found it yet, but I did find “Letter to My Daughter” and brought it home to cuddle up with instead.
The cover quotes the Baltimore Sun as saying “It’s a book to give to one’s daughter, mother, son or father, but definitely one to be read and savored.”
What better way to introduce this gem than to have Dr. Angelou speak it in her own words: