“What makes a life extraordinary?”

Laughing when scared                                                                                  

Singing when lonely                                                                

Loving when abandoned


Never turning away from the future

Never ceasing to be better

Never shying away from the difficult, the dangerous , the delicate chores of living

that make a life extraordinary

that makes, for all of us, a Maya.

maya age 8

Maya Angelou. Age 8


Poetry by Nikki Giovanni.


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29 Responses to Extraordinary

  1. Beautiful words!!! I liked those lines a lot!

  2. Love this!! Wonderful words describing an amazing person!

  3. Wonderful words indeed!! … 🙂

  4. Erika Kind says:

    She was an example of lived wisdom! Thank you for sharing.

  5. nancyruth says:

    Beautiful poem. Words of wisdom.

  6. George says:

    There have been few people in life whose voice has mezmerized me to the point of not being able to turn away. She was, and remains, such a gift.

  7. Lovely, Van. What an amazing picture too. There’s potential for greatness in every life.

  8. Enduring thoughts by and for amazing women!

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