Remembering Maya Angelou With A Collective Facebook Poem

30 May

maya2For those of you who don’t already know, I write a poem a day on Facebook made up entirely from my friends’ Status Updates.

With the passing of the phenomenal woman, Maya Angelou–poet, activist, teacher, survivor, author, playwright, director, this week, I wanted to share the Facebook poem written on the day she left us.  There was, on that day, such an outpouring of love and remembrance, and it continues still with posts of her many inspirational quotes, and videos of her reading her work, and even of Ms. Angelou’s last tweet:


maya angelou tweet

I can recall from time to time on social media I’d see, primarily, women of color, post a poem of hers–Phenomenal Women, or Rise, or, reference I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, and relate how the poet’s words spoke to them, healed them, inspired them.  Yet, I know during her lifetime, and I am witnessing in her passing, that Maya Angelou was revered by all of humanity–whether brown, black or white, people are mourning her loss, and celebrating the gifts she bestowed upon all of us with her genius, compassion, her fight for what was right, and for how she lived her life being who she truly was.

I know that this is a time where I can grow and be enriched by returning to and reading more of Ms. Angelou’s work.  Here is the poem that was written using many of my friends’ voices on the day that this great woman left us.


Facebook Poem 5/28/14


a remarkable woman…
“you done been through
some things”
thank you Maya Angelou
for your words, your presence,
your joy, your love
“with Maya Angelou’s passing,
America has lost a
national treasure”
but the world has lost
a brilliant soul
unbearable. and borne. no words.
and, there are a few people
who leave this world
truly the less when
they leave us behind
she will be missed but
her gifts to us all
will live on
your words will live
forever in my soul
speak life into
every soul you
talk to today
#grace #dignity #shero
#mayaangelou #rip

Thanks to this day’s poem contributors:  Mary-Fran Honeyman, Carmen Head (a Maya Angelou quote), Keith Thompson, Ken Harge, Hilton Als, Rodney L. Davis, David Still, Kelly Quinn, Adrienne Wallace, Denitra Letrice



3 Responses to “Remembering Maya Angelou With A Collective Facebook Poem”

  1. Sherry Gordon May 31, 2014 at 12:01 pm #

    Dear Wendy Jane,
    Hi, there, Wendy Jane! I so love so, so very much this powerful blog post article of yours in loving memory of our dear late Maya Angelou! You are so right in your great words of wisdom. As our Maya Angelou as you said was “revered by all humanity, ” she is ours and belongs to all of us in our dear hearts-not only for black women and other women of color-but for all of us as women and I as a black woman who I am say for you and other precious white women for sure as well! And our Maya Angelou is for all of us as people in our humanity as we make our journeys in our lives! What a great spiritual soul and rock in which Maya Angelou was as a shining and bright star and example for all of us!

    Also, when I think about our Maya Angelou, I think of the great song, “I’m Every Woman,” first done by Chaka Khan and then the remake by our late Whitney Houston. As a black lesbian woman who I am, I think this song, like our late Maya Angelou, shows in the depths of my heart and in my opinion that we are all every woman as women-not only black women but also I feel strongly you, Wendy Jane, and other white women, and other women of color! I feel so strongly and intensely about this!

    What a brilliant and glorious poem! I love it so, so much! It really expresses to the hilt the great soul and spirit in which our Maya Angelou was in her life.

    I thank-you so much, Wendy Jane, for this great blog port article and contribution which you made in this and the dynamic and empowering poem! I thank-you also for all of your other superbly super blog post articles, other writings, poems, and other creative works! I am going to read even more of your very fine and excellent archives as well!

    Wendy Jane, please have a very nice, special, relaxing, and a very blessed Saturday, my white sisterfriend who you are! I, too, am so blessed and so incredibly glad that we connected as well! I am so filled with joy and deep appreciation over that! Our connection is wonderful and so powerful! I am enhanced as a black person and woman from our connection!

    Very Warmly and Sincerely For Always,
    Sherry Gordon

  2. Aaron ramsey August 9, 2014 at 8:29 am #

    What’s up, this weekend is fastidious for me, as this time
    i am reading this impressive educational paragraph here at my home.

    • Wendy Jane August 9, 2014 at 10:08 am #

      Thanks for reading!

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