Wednesday, May 28, 2014


R. I. P. Maya Angelou, Beautiful Shining Soul.  
The inspiration and hope which came from that overflowing heart, brilliant mind and cavernous, Delphic voice will resonate and echo.


A Rock.   A River.  A Tree.

. . .

Here, on the pulse of this new day

You may have the grace to look up and out

And into your sister's eyes, and into

Your brother's face, your country

And say simply,

Very simply,

With hope –

Good M


donna baker said...

Rachel, love that quote and picture.

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Darling Rachel,

That is the most perfect of tributes to an extremely talented and brave woman.

Such inspiring words and may we all live this way.

A wonderful full of vitality and grace.

racheld said...

Was she not an inspiration and an example, especially to all us women of the seventies on, for we were still in the "there, there, little lady" stage in employment and almost every facet of our lives.

Her voice (and what a voice it was---once you heard it, you never forgot---like an echo from a deep cavern of wisdom. I think I thought that whatever she said had been pondered and weighed and cast in the absolutely perfect words, even when telling that story of making a banana pudding for her philandering fella, just before she put on her hat and walked out the door).

She was certainly a person you LISTENED to, and the words the weight of oracles, somehow. Some folks you just can't explain---they just have SOMETHING that sets them apart and makes them indelibly memorable. Even without her crusading spirit and her endless work on behalf of human rights, just the poetry would have been enough.

And reading it aloud---a ticket to heaven. Just that laugh alone would have sufficed.

steelersandstartrek said...

I will remember her written legacy, of course. But perhaps even more, I will remember her eyes. The rest of her face might smile, but her eyes always told the truth of her very serious and purpose-driven soul. Those eyes said to the world that she was no one to trifle with.

I am sorry for our loss.

Julia said...

Que bonito post, me he paseado por tu bloc y ha estado un regalo visitarlo, te invito a ver el mio, “ Pintar es muy divertido. Constituye una delicia observar y exprimir los colores. Espero tu visita y si no eres seguidora me encantarías que te hicieras y así compartir nuestros blocs.

Alycia Nichols said...

Wow. I watched the news throughout the day yesterday and just couldn't believe it. I guess we all know that death is inevitable for us all, but she just still seemed so vibrant. She was booked for an event here in the Kansas City, MO area in a couple of weeks, in fact. I can only hope that she died peacefully. I can't imagine God taking a soul like hers in any other way. She has such grace...such wonderful, infinite, soul-stirring grace. I am glad to have known of her in my lifetime.

Curtains in My Tree said...

She will be missed by many I am sure, She seemed so healthy even at her age ,we just never know when God says enough here on this earth

Kim S. said...

She gave everything and yet we lost so much.