...and you still rise.

Maya Angelou doing a little reading in her dressing room before her performance at the Village Vanguard in New York City. Photo: G. Mar... 

I want to say thank you today.  
For the words you gave us.  
The inspiration you filled into our lives.  
For showing us that we can persevere by your life alone.  

Today I want to tell you that you made us believe in ourselves.  You gave us words that we could count on.  Your prose was strong and mighty - filled with words only someone who was once broken could write.  

Each letter you strung together with another one...putting them altogether and filling those pages with words of love, inspiration, truth, encouragement...each time you recited those words, it filled us with power.  

You helped us be filled with the knowledge that we could do anything.  We could go through anything and we would get through it.  You taught us that it didn't matter the circumstance, we would pull through.  Our smiles, our attitude toward life, the way we were with other people - you made sure your words portrayed how our lives should be to be happy.


  For this, I thank you.  

I thank you for the quotes I've read since I was a teenager.  I am grateful for the books you wrote about your life.  I thank you for writing the hard things and showing me through your works that I could do the same.  You have been my inspiration and I thank you. I am thankful that you are leaving this legacy so that you could live on, generation to generation.  My daughter will read your words.  My granddaughters and great-granddaughters will feel the strength you give them as you did for me.

Your words have always given me strength.  Your faith has given me hope.  Your example got me through some hard times in life.  Your words have often been the ones I've sent to people to uplift them.  

Thank you for sharing this life with us.  
You will be missed, but you have left us with something that no other could do.

Your words.

Maya Angelou - Photos

Maya Angelou
1928-2014
Poet. Educator. Author. Playwright. Activist. Historian. Producer.  Actor. Director. 
But most importantly...Phenomenal Woman.

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13 comments:

  1. Thanks for the comment on my Pac Sun blog! I pumped my fist in the air! This is a beautiful tribute to an amazing woman. She really touched the world.

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  2. Such a beautiful post and so true R.I.P Maya x

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  3. What a beautiful post. My favorite of hers is Still I RIse.

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  4. I am terribly sad over her passing. She was such an inspiration, a role model, and a talented beautiful woman! Not sure if another will come by like her, but I sure hope there will! <3

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  5. Such an amazing woman! So glad we still have her words with us!

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  6. It's amazing how many of her words touch so many people. My favorite quote of her is "If I am not good to myself, how can I expect anyone else to be good to me?”

    <3

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  7. I look forward to reading your blog every day. Your posts are so beautiful, uplifting and inspiring. So beautifully written :)

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  8. Beautiful post for a beautiful woman. Thank you for writing and sharing ♥

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  9. So sad that she died. But what a great legacy she left behind! Great post!

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  10. Such a beautiful post. I love the way you write.

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  11. I was so sad to hear of her death - what a lovely tribute to her.

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