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Nikki Giovanni on Vulnerability

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Happy Birthday Mother Nikki!
I LOVE you!

“Try to make it to 80!” /Mother Maya

I believe in transition.  I believe energy transforms into something else or somewhere else.  From that perspective,  the universe became stronger a year ago today when Maya Angelou transitioned.

This is one of my favorite photos of her.  She was 82 in this picture and praised her wisdom and the gift of life! I hope you enjoy her words  🙂  We love and miss you Mother Maya!

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“82 is hot!  82 is fabulous!  I thought that the 60’s were good, I thought that the 60’s were the hottest ever! And then I got into the 70’s, what?! I loved the 70’s!  I thought well the 80’s, it’s going to be slowing down. Not! I’m writing a cookbook, I’m writing a new poem, a big poem! I’m writing music, I’m writing! I’m working! And I’m talking to you. The 80’s, try and make it! Try to make it to 80.” –   Oprah’s Master Class / Maya Angelou, 2011

be nobody’s darling by Alice Walker

Be nobody’s darling;
Be an outcast.
Take the contradictions
Of your life
And wrap around
You like a shawl,
To parry stones
To keep you warm.
Watch the people succumb
To madness
With ample cheer;
Let them look askance at you
And you askance reply.
Be an outcast;
Be pleased to walk alone
(Uncool)
Or line the crowded
River beds
With other impetuous
Fools.

Make a merry gathering
On the bank
Where thousands perished
For brave hurt words
They said.

But be nobody’s darling;
Be an outcast.
Qualified to live
Among your dead.