My tribute to Maya Angelou

Today would have been Maya Angelou’s 90th birthday! I would like to celebrate this incredible woman with a poem I have written in her honour. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it!

 

MAYA ANGELOU – I NEVER MET HER YET I MISS HER      

 

Sassy and sophisticated, elegant and eloquent,

her voice had an energy, an instant clarity,

an unmistakable fruity tone.

Her entrance, majestic, at six foot, fantastic,

her aura was all her own.

Then came her delivery,  

Captivating and confident.

Waxing lyrical, she sprinkled that ‘Maya Magic’

and held a room in the palm of her hand,

her every word, engaging and compelling, as if a command.

Poetry in motion ‘Maya Angelou’ had you mesmerised and spellbound.                                                                                                                     

With piercing and brutal honesty,

she unravelled and shared her life’s story,

in all its colourful glory, leaving you both shaken and stirred.

Like an awakening, you soaked up her every word,

for as she spoke … she taught,

“IF YOU SAY SOMEONE’S WALKING OVER YOU, YOU ARE STANDING IN THE WAY”

she would say.

I never met you, yet I miss you!

So thank you Aunt Maya for all you inspire and for feeding our fire,

your fire burns bright, a shining light for generations, forever!

You do make us proud, so we’ll shout it out loud,

you are the perfect rainbow in the cloud. 

 

Patti Sloley 

 

COPYRIGHT © PATTI SLOLEY

6 Replies to "My tribute to Maya Angelou"

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    Hamida April 6, 2018 (10:52 am)

    What a fantastic tribute from one beautiful soul to another. I will share this with women I know will understand and appreciate your words. Thank you

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      Patti Sloley April 29, 2018 (7:33 pm)

      Hamida thank you so much. This came straight from the heart as you know she was truly amazing. The sound of her voice warms my heart and brings a smile to my face. Love her X

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    Adel April 18, 2018 (3:53 pm)

    Nice piece – Maya would have loved to hear this.

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      Patti Sloley April 29, 2018 (7:28 pm)

      Thank you Adel, that’s really the first proper poem I’ve ever written and I’m thrilled it’s about Maya Angelou, a giant amongst women.

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    Taz April 29, 2018 (6:23 pm)

    This was a beautiful poem to Maya Angelou sorry you never met her she was beautiful and outrageously great I enjoyed your poem you definitely captivated her . Yes she taught us all

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      Patti Sloley April 29, 2018 (7:23 pm)

      Hi Taz thanks for your response and for enjoying the poem. Maya Angelou what a woman!! I mean it when I say I miss her. She touched your mind, wonderful wonderful woman. Did you meet her?

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