Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A Tribute to Maya Angelou... A Phenomenal Poet

“With all its noises, the world is still a terribly lonely place for many of us. So many voices around us that say nothing to aid our sense of meaninglessness. We engage our antennae in search of a message that addresses the essential emptiness of our existence, and find only the dead air of an inarticulate void; the dreadful sound of silence. Searching those places where we store our usual encouragement, we find gray clouds…just hanging there. Sometimes it is hard to see the sun, difficult to find the light. And so we retreat in silence, into the grayness of an uncertain point of view; into the refuge of our crustacean comfort."

“Poetry is the dynamic relationship between persons and words. Each acts upon the other to create order out of chaos; to allow for the illumination of formerly dark places. The individual exists in a perpetual state of change. We are spirit expressed in flesh and blood, evolving toward the ultimate revelation of the Eternal Self. The person who becomes consciously involved with the process of Self-evolution becomes a poet. In this experience, poetry is what we do. It is the craft of creating and re-creating the environment of our evolution. That environment is verily the world in which we live, and move, and have our being."

"Words are the incarnation of our thoughts. A word is the dynamic in which we attempt to name reality. Words are the sounding off of the spirit. A word is the animus by which we ride the wind in our effort to capture the moment.”

“We are bows. Words are arrows. Poetry is the art of the hunter in search of that illusive beast we call meaning. My words and I are lovers, and all’s fair game…in love.”

LIVE FOREVER MAYA ANGELOU... Phenomenal woman. 
Your bow was strong... Your arrows sharp...
We bask in the sunlight of your meaningfulness.

Excerpts from the introduction to the book "In My Element.”  By Roy Alexander Graham.

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