The Cage Finally Open | A Tribute to Maya Angelou

Chrycka Harper, Poet & Literary Critic
Last Modified: 00:07 a.m. DST, 31 May 2014

Maya Angelou - March 28,2008 - St. Sabina African American Speaking Series, Photo by Saint Sabina Photos

Maya Angelou, Photo: Saint Sabina Photos

Not too long ago,
Mandela joined the small community.
He reunited with memorial friends,
met with known ancestors,
and joined the others to patiently wait for the next neighbor.

Eyes immediately focused on the glorious caged bird.
Her songs send warm, comforting nostalgia
to millions worldwide.

Our ears rejoice when she shares her wisdom,
Our eyes rejoice when she graces the page with exceptional stanzas,
Our mouths rejoice in smiles within her presence.

Maya Angelou,
your songs kept us in remembrance of our history and heritage.
But God said its time to unlock the cage
So that the phenomenal bird can fly to its home.

Maya Angelou flew to her home,
with Zora, Brooks, Wheatley, Aesop,
but her spirit will never allow us to forget
for the world.

Thank you,
from an aspiring storyteller to a modern griot.

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About Chrycka Harper

A Psychology Bachelor of Science candidate attending Howard University, Chrycka Harper was born and raised in Wichita, KS. Her interests include verbal and written storytelling, cooking/eating, and reading about news, culture, and history. She aims to pursue a research career in Cultural Neuroscience studying common neuropathology within African Americans and the African diaspora.

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One Comment on “The Cage Finally Open | A Tribute to Maya Angelou”

  1. Rajat Chauhan Says:

    She set herself free and will remain in the heart of millions…such a “Phenomenal Woman” …….R.I.P Maya.


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