By Kevil Tice ~
I would not dare go through National Poetry Month without acknowledging my favorite poet, Dr. Maya Angelou. Throughout my adult life, I have been inspired by her words in a way I cannot entirely explain. I was in high school when I first discovered her work. I was immediately drawn in by her every word. Every metaphor and simile lured me deep into a world of lyrics and rhythm from which I would never escape. Even if I could escape, I would desire nothing less. Through Maya, I found my voice. Through Maya, I embraced my own style and all of the weirdness it included. Through Maya, I became a Poet.
As I dug into her life, searching for how she became such a magnificent writer, I stumbled upon some fascinating facts. Maya was not just a poet. In her early years, she was a dancer and a singer. She was graceful and intelligent and possessed a remarkable smile that often preceded an infectious laugh. I had hoped to one day meet her.
Maya was also a Civil Rights Activist and she developed a close friendship with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Years later, Dr. King was assassinated on April 4th, Maya’s birthday. Because of this, she completely stopped celebrating her birthday, but instead, sent flowers to Coretta each year on that day. What a beautiful gesture!
There are so many remarkable layers to Maya Angelou. She was, and still is, one of the most influential women in history. Since I am an individual she has influenced and since I possess this overwhelming addiction to all things Maya, I did not blink at the suggestion of Deandra Ash (DASH Media) to recreate one of Dr. Angelou’s photographs. (TOP: Maya Angelou, BOTTOM: Kevil Tice)
Of course, I could go on and on about Maya. I’m so thankful that I discovered her works and allowed myself to use her skills to help develop my own. I honestly don’t think I would have continued to write poetry if I had not followed her lead. If you have never heard of Dr. Angelou or have never read any of her work, I encourage you to take the time to do a little research. Her notable quotes reflect a wisdom that reaches across all boundaries and contain a passion that pierces the hearts of all mankind. She will definitely be remembered for decades to come. Her lingering spirit will touch your soul.
May she forever Rest In Poetry!
“Write it so that people can hear it
And it slides through the brain
And goes straight to the heart”