When I Heard of #MayaAngelou’s Passing

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Maya Bongos

By Christina Stopka-Rinnert

When I heard of Maya Angelou’s passing today while I was at work, I nearly broke into tears.  Which is strange because it’s not as if I knew her.  But, really, I feel like I did know her because of the way that she lived her life, openly and honestly sharing her experiences with us all.

Her writings and her outspokenness with the issues I care most deeply about impacted my life, and though they don’t know it, my children’s lives.  The way she lived inspired me to pursue my own dreams, not be held back by circumstances, to search for love and grab onto it with both hands.

So, when I got married in 2010, I read one of her poems to my new husband because, honestly, she captured my feelings much better than I could.  That was her gift to us all.

When I read it and I can hear her beautiful, melodious voice in my head.  I will miss finding her in the blessed places and will continue to search for her wisdom and poetry until I join her.

In and Out of Time

The sun has come.

The mist has gone.

We see in the distance…

our long way home.

I was always yours to have.

You were always mine.

We have loved each other in and out of time.

When the first stone looked up at the blazing sun

and the first tree struggled up from the forest floor

I had always loved you more.

You freed your braids…

gave your hair to the breeze.

It hummed like a hive of honeybees.

I reached in the mass for the sweet honeycomb there….

Mmmm…God how I love your hair.

You saw me bludgeoned by circumstance.

Lost, injured, hurt by chance.

I screamed to the heavens….loudly screamed….

Trying to change our nightmares to dreams…

The sun has come.

The mist has gone.

We see in the distance our long way home.

I was always yours to have.

You were always mine.

We have loved each other in and out

in and out

in and out

of time.