Today I woke up hungry for the words and wisdom of Dr. Maya Angelou. So I reached for a book of her poems that kept me company during the second semester of my freshman year at Morgan State University in 1983. Her spirit guided me to her poem, “Thank You, Lord.”
Her words reminded me to say a thank you prayer for waking up another day and being inspired and influenced by her creative spirit. Her poetry and memoirs gave me permission to write and publish my own books.
Today, I listened to some of jazz singer Billie Holiday’s greatest hits while I practiced yoga. What a sweet jazzy treat! Holiday’s “Strange Fruit” led me to a book of poety by Dr. Maya Angelou. I read Angelou”s poem “Africa” during breakfast. Click on the Cinchcast audio blog below to hear me read Dr. Angelou’s poem. I also share my poem “Luxor, Egypt” which is included in my new book That Which Awakens Me.
What does Billie Holiday’s music remind you of?
Have you ever traveled to Africa or visited a museum with African art?
Do you have a six-word memoir for today? Mine is: Poetry. Jazz. Earth. Meditation. Melodies. Mysteries.
Read a poem, listen to some jazz, and find one way to honor Mother Earth. Enjoy your day!
Peace, Creativity, Compassion, and Gratitude for the wise woman Dr. Maya Angelou,