The literary community lost a giant in Maya Angelou. It shook me not because of legacy she left, but the future of the literary arts going forward. Ms. Angelou’s timeless wisdom poured out in her writing as water from a fountain. Little did she know that her writing would nourish us all.
I admit some frustration in my work as of late. My words didn’t seem to fit their arrangement. The voice I had built in my writing now became as a foreign language. A writer without his words is like a singer without a song. Writer’s block is what it’s commonly called. Maya Angelou’s death shattered that block. The reason I love to write became clear. Words spoken can be easily forgotten. However, Words well written last forever. People die but words do not. The proper words could Inspire, Destroy, Teach, or Create. A poem could bring true love or warn of moral doom. This led me to a chilling realization. The Literary arts are in danger.
Social media has the world communicating like never before. Facebook and Twitter has been leading the way and that scares me. A thought has a 140 character limit so it is hacked to death in illegible, slang-ridden shorthand. Facebook is littered with rants absent of punctuation and heavy laden in misspelling. The thoughts they are trying to convey become a mass of twisted prepositional phrases void of direction. This is now how we communicate and how can we communicate like this? Are we to write books and poetry like this as well?
Maya Angelou’s shoes are too big for one person to fill. We all have to. Everyone inspired by her writing must honor her memory by holding true to our craft. We have to be the ones that use our words to inspire, create, uplift, warn, and encourage. As writers, we have to show the world the proper way to communicate. Our words have to pass our wisdom, knowledge, and culture through the ages with clarity and definition. Brother and Sister Writers, There will not be another Maya Angelou. She left a legacy to inspire us for we still must Rise! Holla if you hear me!
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