A free bird takes to other skies

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Maya Angelou in Porgy and Bess, 1954, Courtesy of G. Paul Bishop Junior: Photographer

Luminous author and poet, Maya Angelou, has passed from our world at age 86. Source

She leaves the songs of her poems and writings behind for us: haunting melodies that will be sung for generation after generation.

She was a respected spokesperson for African Americans and women. “She became a poet and writer after a series of occupations as a young adult, including fry cook, prostitute, night-club dancer and performer, cast-member of the opera Porgy and Bess, coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and journalist in Egypt and Ghana during the days of decolonization. She was an actor, writer, director, and producer of plays, movies, and public television programs.” Source

And she knew why the caged bird sings…

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
By Maya Angelou

The free bird leaps
on the back of the wind
and floats downstream
till the current ends
and dips his wings
in the orange sun rays
and dares to claim the sky.

But a bird that stalks
down his narrow cage
can seldom see through
his bars of rage
his wings are clipped and
his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings
with fearful trill
of the things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom.

The free bird thinks of another breeze
and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees
and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn
and he names the sky his own.

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams
his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings
with a fearful trill
of things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom.

Facing Feminism: Feminist I Know Exhibition and Poetry Party

Please do join us for this event
The Facing Feminism: Feminists I Know La Barrage Continue Exhibition and Poetry Party is Saturday night! The address is 2285 University Ave. W, St. Paul, MN. We are launching the awesomeness at 6:00 pm. Join us for this explosion of poetry and feminism. There will be art, wine, and poetry. What more could you ask for? ❤
PS The Exhibit is part of the St. Paul Spring Art Crawl 2014 so be sure to check out all the other artists throughout the artist lofts — they’ll be opening up their lofts to you and you’ll have the opportunity to meet and chat with them in person: painters, sculptors, musicians, writers, fashion designers, photographers, blacksmiths, potters — artisans of all stripes!
The art crawl dates are:
April 25. 26, 27, 2014
Fri. 6-10 pm
Sat. 12-8 pm
Sun. 12-5 pm

March is Women’s History Month

Image courtesy Patricia Saxton Studio

Happy Women’s History Month!
And, not to make it all about me, but March is also the month I was born. It pleases me to have my birth month coincide with National Women’s History Month.
It could have been penguins, or limes, or mimes, or get-to-work-on-time that was being celebrated this month. Penguins are cute and limes are delicious (especially in margaritas!). Getting to work on time is a good and necessary thing. Mimes? I am sure nothing needs to be said where mimes are concerned. Women who have made their mark on history for the win!
Links of interest
Women’s History Month blog post  (The Legislation of Flowers)