“Life Doesn’t Frighten Me”Maya Angelou


‘Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud “

Maya Angelou dies  May 28th 2014

Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou

Fear is the enemy of creativity, the cradle of mediocrity, an obstacle to enjoy life.

Very few people confront the darkness of fear with dignity and grace .

 Maya Angelou, who had overcome serious facts — childhood rape, poverty, addiction, bereavement —  became one of today’s most praised writers

.The 1993 gem Life Doesn’t Frighten Me , conceived and edited by Sara Jane Boyers, pairs Angelou’s simple, words with drawings by legendary artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, whose signature style of child-like fancy and colourful emotional intensity offers a perfect match for Angelou’s poem.

From the scary thought of panthers in the park to the unsettling scene of a new classroom, fearsome images are summoned and dispelled by the power of faith in ourselves.

Angelou’s strong words are matched by the daring vision of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, whose childlike style reveals the powerful emotions and fanciful imaginings of childhood. Together, Angelou’s words and Basquiat’s paintings create a place where every child, indeed every person, may experience his or her own fearlessness shadows on the wall

Life Doesn’t Frighten Me

Maya Angelou
Maya Ange

Shadows on the wall

Noises down the hall

Life doesn’t frighten me at all

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 Tough guys fight

All alone at night

Life doesn’t frighten me at al

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Panthers in the park

Strangers in the dark

No, they don’t frighten me at all.

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Don’t show me frogs and snakes

And listen for my scream,

If I’m afraid at all

It’s only in my dreams.

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Life doesn’t frighten me at all

Not at all

Not at all.

Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou

…..And Angelou’s life has certainly been a full one: from the hardscrabble Depression era South to pimp, prostitute, supper club chanteuse, performer in Porgy and Bess, coordinator for Martin Luther King Jr.’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference, journalist in Egypt and Ghana in the heady days of decolonisation, comrade of Malcolm X, and eyewitness to the Watts riots. She knew King and Malcolm, Billie Holiday, and Abbey Lincoln

Reviewer John McWhorter, The New Republic (McWhorter, p. 36)

Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou quotes

‘You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”

‘The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise.”

 

“Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.

I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size

But when I start to tell them,

I say,

It’s in the reach of my arms

The span of my hips,

The stride of my step, The curl of my lips.

I’m a woman Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman, That’s me.”

― Maya Angelou, Phenomenal Woman: Four Poems Celebrating Women

Learn more :

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1556702884/braipick-20 Maya Angelou poems http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/05/03/life-doesnt-frighten-me-maya-

 

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