“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou
(from Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou)
You were so right. You were phenomenal. And so are we. Thank you Maya Angelou.
gives a voice to those who lost it
whether to Laryngitis
sudden lack of confidence
or for whatever undisclosed reason.
And it mutes the loud mouths
to a degree at least
as the words stick on paper.
It allows the poet
to explode in emotion
to reveal the truth
maybe half of it
or hide it in plain sight
in flamboyant phrases.
It enables the poet to hit hard
without hearing the resulting fall
or to tip toe softly
dancing to unheard tunes
inviting everyone on the floor.
It lends the poet surprising powers
to express, mend and heal
to fall apart or to tease
to provide encouragement
with therapeutic words.
It grants an unprecedented freedom
to imagine and to create
as anything is possible
in the world of the poet
in the wonderful realm of words.