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Last Poem To Maya Angelou Par II

I was never captured
by your
Autobiographies

Always struggled
with 
Caged Bird themes
I thought it was
more about women
Less about Black
dreams

But I did like the
movie

And when it is all
over White poets
will say

You were not as
graceful as Langston
Or Gwen or Rita

And Black poets will
say

You were never as
angry as Nikki or
Sonya
Or as political as
Baraka

And the legacy
people will scramble
Trying to find a
place in History
For the sweet
dancing Black woman
That stole our
hearts
And sold a hundred
zillion books

Took pictures with
Malcolm and Martin

So I write this poem
to beg their pardon


And of course
they’ll name
A few inner city
schools after you

There will be a Maya
avenue
In at least thirty
Black neighborhoods
This will be good

And I’m sure there
will be 
a Maya Angelou
library
On a Martin Luther
King Boulevard 
Near a Malcolm X
Cemetery somewhere
Where people will
gather and stare

And on your birthday
politicians
Will congregate and
celebrate

Just like they do
for Martin Luther
King
But they still won’t
get
Why the caged bird
sings


Sixty honorary
doctorate degrees
And both Harvard and
Yale never saw you
They say your work
is lacking in
invention
And in the company
of Riding, Bishop
And Edna Saint
Vincent
Your sweet name will
never be mentioned

And for the rest of
my life
I’ll have to wonder
How the Pulitzer
Prize

evaded you for more
than 
a half a century

And ten years from
now
I will be working in
my office

And a bird will land
on my window sill
With wings of
yellow, green and
blue

And if it smiles and
dances
And and sings like
its free

Than I will know its
you

Goodbye Maya
No more cages for
you...

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  1. Date: 8/17/2014 8:10:00 PM

    What a beautiful salute to one of the most talented of our time. A splendid write.
  1. Date: 7/23/2014 9:37:00 AM

    What a beautiful, moving tribute to the superlative Maya! Bravo! I love it!

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