Still You Rise: A Tribute to Maya Angelou


Dear Maya, 

A part of us died today

with your defeat

in the battle

against a forever

which we knew

would never come.


But if we could give


to someone

it would be you.


Still you rise

like smoke from our chimneys, 

dust on our roads, 

love in our hearts.


Your essence

is the rainbow, 

dancing in the rain.


You found our voices

your guardian shadow

helps us to sing.


We use your words

to teach ourselves things

you already knew.


You're the afterglow

of a time

we used to know.


We meld your music

into a song

the world plays on

and on

and on



your love

your lead

your legacy

across a world

that's finally starting to

hear it.

Author's Notes/Comments: 

I wrote this when Maya Angelou passed away on May 28,2014.  She was one of the best role models I could ask for- an author, a poet, an activist, and a leader.  I was named after her and I hope to keep her words moving and inspiring more and more people.  Rest in peace, Maya Angelou.

Written 6/23/14

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Beatnik1979's picture

Very heart-felt

and sentimental. She was indeed a great poet, among many other things, and will be missed. The Harlem Renaissance was a pivotal point  in literature and poetry, and she has her roots there, and will be remembered by her words, and thats something very few of us will ever have the chance to experience in our lifetimes, or even after.

tallsquirrelgirl's picture

Thank you :)

Thank you and so true!

*tallsquirrelgirl* she feels in italics and thinks in CAPITALS ~henry james

palewingedpoetess's picture

Just beautiful............

I wrote one on her too, I believe the day after she died I posted it. There isn't enough poetry nor poets in the world to write enough about her. She was indeed a force never to be forgotten. That caged bird has sprung free if you ask me........... Not to worry though cause the rest of us at some point or another are next. Thoroughly enjoyed your tribute to her though.............. Sincerely, Melissa Lundeen.

tallsquirrelgirl's picture

Thank you

Thank you so much...I will look at yours too!

*tallsquirrelgirl* she feels in italics and thinks in CAPITALS ~henry james