We’re celebrating the life of Dr. Maya Angelou with a special musical and poetry tribute.

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  1. A Poem For Maya
    by Nykieria Chaney

    With no need for introductions or unnecessary things
    At a young age you explained to me Why the Caged Birds Sings
    Stamped to silence
    More importantly you taught me why it invoked its right to remain quiet
    You had it right all along, your voice could move mountains and kill monsters figuratively because to give a young dream deferred a chance to succeed through literacy was a powerful thing
    I wanted to “enchant” myself like you
    “Relive the agony, the anguish, the Sturm und Drang“
    Every eloquent poem was a bittersweet memory sipped across pages with brewed paragraphs over explicit similes

    I been trying to “tell the human truth” since I found you in my youth because there are still “helpless piglets awaiting slaughter”
    Houses just don’t seem as evident as they use to
    Folks done cleaned up the outside but it’s forever internally blue
    All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes with Rituals of Peace and Prayer Singin’ and Swingin’ and Gettin’ Merry Like Christmas
    See I want to write a Letter To My Daughter
    But I’m afraid that I may never have her because there’s some buried chapters and solemn matters that I have yet to discover if poetry could heal
    Or heel
    Or… kill
    My assailant has never faced the firing squad and I reckon he never will
    Bastard didn’t even apologize

    Through clipped wings and tied feet I found a song to sing
    So I took my rage to the page allowing the stage to become my cage
    Plagued journeys of Momma Welfare Rolls
    Still I Rise victoriously because you helped me to see the “obvious differences in the human family” I was able to fly free
    And my pen is still flowing

    See I know your birthday hasn’t been the same since 1968
    If you knew in the two weeks you sat in the concrete jungle “absent from yourself” that the life jacket you created would save more than yourself
    What if King had lived to see your dream… come true

    I cried the entire time I saw you
    And you stood there weaving stories of past times as if you were talking to an old dear friend and I inhaled every part of you
    Walked away with a deeper understanding of the little nothings that create the something’s we must live through
    That’s A Brave and Startling Truth

    “All great achievements require time” and now I know
    “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time”
    Not all degrees require college for education
    Storm clouds will continue brewing and a house will never be a home alone
    If the tree, the pulse, and the morning could meet then surely love could arrive and survive memories of pleasure through ancient histories of pain

    We still rising like the moon and them suns
    We still pushing tides across bruised heads and battered eyes
    Ain’t nothing changed about this black ocean
    Dr. Angelou it’s still leaping and wide
    But the rock found pride in its pod because it was Touched by An Angel from God… YOU
    So to the rock that cries out, tell him we’re free
    The Muslim
    The Catholic
    The Sheikh and the Jews
    Tell the Preachers
    The Privileged
    The Teachers, & The Feared that along the riverside we found FREEDOM
    It was inside our mind the entire time
    We simply had to open our mouths and sing

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