Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Goodbye, Maya Angelou, From a Grateful World

As a writer, as a lover of words, there are but a few people in this world that I truly look up to, that I admire. Maya Angelou was one of them.

She spoke without hesitation or reservations, revealing the truths in her life as she saw them. She was real, she was genuine, she was a gift to the world.

She will be missed.

Maya passed away this morning at the age of 86.

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She backed out of a prior commitment earlier this week, citing undisclosed health concerns as the reason. We may not know what the cause of death was for a while, and perhaps she didn't want us to know.

For as public a voice as she was, she was a private person in every other aspect of her life.

She was one of the most prolific creators of content in the past hundred years, with poems, books, acting credits and more. There is a vast library of her work left behind in the wake of her passing.

The thing that struck me immediately upon learning of her death is that there will be no more of her words to be shared with the world. She will have no more observations about the events that occur. We will no longer be able to look to her for wisdom in the moments when we crave it the most. Fortunately, she's left us all with a tremendous legacy, woven with the intricate beauty of words she pieced together.

Rest now, Maya.

Thank you for sharing so much with us all.

It seems appropriate to end this with her own words, words that ring true certainly in her life and in her death.


And when great souls die,

after a period peace blooms,

slowly and always irregularly. 

Spaces fill with a kind of soothing electric vibration.

Our senses, restored, 

never to be the same, whisper to us.

They existed. They existed.

We can be. Be and be better. 

For they existed.



  1. Beautiful. A phenomenal woman, indeed. Rest in Peace dear lady.

  2. “What I would really like said about me is that I dared to love,” Angelou told an interviewer in 1985. “By love I mean that condition in the human spirit so profound it encourages us to develop courage and build bridges, and then to trust those bridges and cross the bridges in attempts to reach other human beings.”

    May I dare to love as she did!


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