A person hasn’t lived until they’ve lived many years on this earth with substance. Maya Angelou at 86years-old appeared to have experienced many trials and tribulations but also many successes and victories. She was an inspiration to many including myself. May her soul rest in peace as God receives her home.
The first time i read the poem, “Phenomenal Woman”, I was in high school and i remember feeling like such a woman while reading the words and dissecting the meaning behind them. Maya Angelou’s work (and essence of who she was) did that to you.
Her words opened your mind and eyes to a world you never knew. To a feeling or thought you had about yourself but didn’t yet recognize. She allowed you to see your vulnerability without fear and judgement. She was definitely gifted with the spoken and written word (due to her life experiences).
A title of a book alone can make you think and wonder, make you feel big even before you opened to the first page. (Still I Rise). And for that I feel gratitude that God used her in that capacity to teach and reach me and so many countless others.
I hope people she loved and cared for were able to give her flowers to smell before she went home. God bless her soul.