This week’s Triple Shot Friday is dedicated to Maya Angelou – 4-4-1928 ~ 5-28-2014 (bio is HERE)
First: Video art slideshow with Tribute Poem to Maya Angelou.
The poem has some lines from a few of her poems and in the video, the words are set to some of Claude Monet’s Impressionistic art. I chose Monet’s work because his colorful, lively paintings remind me of Maya’s outlook and energy! Also, the Monet paintings fit so well with an instrumental version of a pop song that is out right now. The words to this poem are at the end of the post.
Here is the (updated) video:
Second: My favorite Maya Angelou quote!
“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”
Third: Song from Porgy and Bess:
In the 1950s, Maya Angelou toured Europe while performing in the opera Porgy and Bess, and Nora Jones sang the song Summertime, which is one of the best-known songs from this opera.
Priorhouse Poem to Maya Angelou
It rained and rained
the day Maya Angelou died –
I think the earth cried…
Even though now she was more alive
arms opened wide
“Clap hands, let’s come together…”
Maya the poet,
artsy and bonafide!
smiles on faces
with “generosity of graces”-
was there to share embraces
Wings not clipped –
feet not tied…
“Come rest here by my side.”
‘twas better than any dream-
heaven’s welcome team
Maya “quieted into awe”
New light – fresh sight
were so right
“Nobody, but nobody, can make it out here alone”
Thank you, Maya- for such great poems!
Enjoy your new home.
When the rain stopped –
puddles were on the ground
Maya’s words whispered to me
Whispered with an UN-CAGED sound-
Sweet freedom abound
The Maya Angelou words integrated into my tribute poem are from these Angelou poems:
On the Pulse of Morning (Kimberley Thomas has a post for this poem HERE)
A Brave and Startling Truth
Russell Boyle has 5 of Maya’s poems on his blog – HERE
Check out Holley Perry’s Maya post HERE
and check out Delancey Place’s post about Maya’s “hotel-motel” use as a space to write – HERE –