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Tribute: To A Phenomenal Woman

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Maya Angelou 1928 – 2014

 

I know a lot’s been said about her in the last day or so, but it would be a huge injustice if I did not take some time to pay tribute to our dear Dr Maya Angelou.

It was with a heavy heart that I read the news of her passing, having been the one woman who made me want to write in the first place.

I have always been an avid reader, but it was not until, at 15 when I did an English class project on Maya Angelou, that I decided I wanted to try my hand at writing. I remember standing in front of the class, reciting “Still I Rise” with a certain Miss Dionne Song, and recognizing for the first time, the immense power that words have in our world…recognizing their magic working in and through me, and I have never looked back since.

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Dr Maya Angelou’s last tweet

It was easy to be inspired and motivated with a mentor like Maya, a woman who lived her life to the absolute fullest. She was, after all, an extraordinary human being who managed to touch the lives of millions worldwide through her almost ethereal command of language. Works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and plays, all textured with depth and wisdom and peppered with her youthful sense of humour. She was unconventional, confident, fearless, graceful, brilliant and a phenomenal woman.

“If you must look back, do so forgivingly. If you must look forward, do so prayerfully. However, the wisest thing you can do is be present in the present… Gratefully.”

During her exemplary life, she breezed in like a breath of fresh air, inspiring millions, teaching the multitudes, trying to help whomever she could and stealing accolade after accolade from those who, unsuspectingly, had underestimated her. Until one day she was able to look back and see titles such as Author, Poet, Singer, Dancer, Director, Playwright, three-time Grammy Award winner, Civil rights activist, Mother & Teacher.

The epitome of what is means to be a real woman, with every facet celebrated and loved, she has inspired me to bolder routes, comforted me in darker times, uplifted my spirits in sorrow, and provided words of wisdom galore.

You will be sorely missed Dr Angelou.

 

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Be inspired to be great.

Be blessed to be a blessing.

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Woman

When I created the heavens and the earth, I spoke them into being.

 

When I created man, I formed him and breathed life into his nostrils.

 

But you, I fashioned after I breathed the breath of life into man because your nostrils are too delicate.

 

I allowed a deep sleep to come over him so I could patiently and perfectly fashion you.

 

Man was put to sleep so that he could not interfere with the creativity.

From one bone, I fashioned you.

 

I chose the bone that protects man’s life.

 

I chose the rib, which protects his heart and lungs and supports him, as you are meant to do.

 

Around this one bone, I shaped you…I modelled you.

I created you perfectly and beautifully.

 

Your characteristics are as the rib, strong yet delicate and fragile.

You provide protection for the most delicate organ in man, his heart.

His heart is the centre of his being; his lungs hold the breath of life.

 

The rib cage will allow itself to be broken before it will allow damage to the heart.

 

You are my perfect angel…You are my beautiful little girl.

You have grown to be a splendid woman of excellence, and my eyes fill when I see the virtues in your heart.

 

Your eyes…don’t change them.

Your lips – how lovely when they part in prayer.

Your nose, so perfect in form.

Your hands so gentle in touch.

I’ve caressed your face in your deepest sleep.

I’ve held your heart close to mine.

 

Of all that lives and breathes,  you are most like me.

Adam walked with me in the cool of the day, yet he was lonely.

He could not see me or touch me. He could only feel me.

 

So everything I wanted Adam to share and experience with me, I fashioned in you; my holiness, my strength, my purity, my love, my protection and support.

 

You are special because you are an extension of Me.

Man represents my image, woman my emotions.

Together, you represent the totality of God.

You are love, respected and fragile.