A Peachy Books MEme Collection in tribute to Maya Angelou
When truth is the aim, silence is dishonesty.
No matter how hard it is to accept or how inconvenient it can be, truth must not be supressed lest it corrode the soul.
In I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou’s vulnerability in sharing her harrowing story of courage and survival is admirable whilst her talents are appreciated through her poetic voice.
Drifting away from ourselves when reality is too painful to bear is a self-preservation tactic, and a testament to the wonder that is the human mind.
The imagery in this quote by Maya Angelou, from her memoir I Know When The Caged Bird Sings, is one of the more beautiful depictions of disassociation that I’ve seen. I’ve read others interpret it instead as referencing her free spirit, which of course could also be the case.
After contemplation, I think the two concepts have more in common than different.
Seeing past hatred to extend forgiveness is a trait that only the mighty bestow.
Recognising that bigotry is taught and having the humility to deny it the power to control one’s own direction makes Maya a master of her emotions, and a leader among wo(men).
As a powerful civil rights activist and champion, in these current times she is surely missed.
To wrap up this week’s quote collection for I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings I thought a picture of Maya Angelou and her son would be lovely, as she looks to be teaching him.
Finding joy in struggle, is to be resilient, driven, and grateful of your blessings. From the daily grind to practising an instrument, caring for others to minding ourselves, there is much beauty and satisfaction to be had when working hard for your family.
Watch this wonderful live performance of ‘Still I Rise’ by Maya Angelou on YouTube.
Did You Know?
Maya Angelou was born in Stamps, Arkansas and read every book in her local library from A to Z!