“Sweet”

Hola y’all! I’ve been working on a longerish post this week and it’s just not ready for prime time yet. I guess that’s what happens when you do this whole blogging thing part time. Le sigh.

Anyways, the good news is that sometimes I write random things that never make it to this here blog. So, I dug one up for you today. They say deep emotions can create some pretty interesting writing….

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Compare me to a honeysuckle
A lollipop, sugary pucker
A sweet ending to a life undiscovered

Compare me to a shiny thing
The one in between
Your first true love
And the one wearing your ring

Shake me up
then
Go ahead and
Pour me on the rum
That you sip on
When you want some

Tell me
What happens when you mix sweet and salty?
Briny? Sour?
The escaping light from the darkest hour?
What happens when you mix discombobulated shit
that don’t work together?

The sweet always come on fast
The first to crush, the first to cast
Too easy to pass up
But never enough
To make it last

The sweet always think to change
Become deranged, find a new name
But then I remember
that the sweetest things
can leave the bitterest forever.

Tribute to Maya Angelou

I’m sure that I am not the first to inform you of Maya Angelou’s unfortunate passing last week.  When I heard the news, I literally had to fight back tears from my eyes.  Maya has been an inspiration of mine for a very long time – ever since I read “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” as a summer reading assignment in high school.

As a reader, I was fascinated by her ability to write painful, difficult stories through inspirational words.  But, it wasn’t until I discovered my passion for writing that I took my admiration for her to another level.  Maya is not only a talented writer, civil rights activist and magician with words, but the true epitome of living with an open heart.  Whether she is speaking to you as a victim of domestic violence, as a female activist, as a proponent of racial equality or any human being, her words project an uplifting power that challenge every individual to live a more wholesome life.  How does she convey these meanings in so few letters and always such a touching tone?  It’s mind boggling!

I want to take some time to reflect upon a few of my favorite quotes from Maya, and how they have impacted me.

I am always striving for continuous improvement in my personal and professional lives.  These quotes remind me to keep pushing for constant change, but to also appreciate how far I’ve come.  I will never be a perfect person (and I don’t want to be), but I can always learn from my past experiences and mistakes and that, in itself, is a blessing.

These quotes remind me that no matter what state of life we are in that we can always relate to another person.  I’ve had my highs, but I’ve also had my “rainy day/ did I just say that? / broken-hearted / just one more bite from this ice cream tub” kind of moments too, and I hope I never stop having them or make any one else feel like it isn’t normal.

Why, yes, thank you Maya – this is just what I needed to hear.

I’ve learned that, even though Maya has passed, I will never stop learning from her.  As the true embodiment of a living legacy, Maya’s words will live on in the hearts of all of us for many, many years to come.

*What is the most memorable thing you have learned from Ms. Angelou?