Editor's Note: In lieu of a poetry review for May 28, 2014, I offer this elegy to the legendary Maya Angelou who died today at the age of eighty-six. A poem of hers was featured in the Poetry Review two weeks ago. Reference to it as well as biographical information may be found here: http://eretzsongs.blogspot.com/2014/05/poem-of-day-phenomenal-woman-by-maya.html.
by Steven Wittenberg Gordon, MD
A streetcar swept down from heaven today
To carry our beloved Maya away
Conducted by Malcolm arm-in-arm with King
With Rosa in a front seat quietly sitting
Next to Gerald as is quite fitting.
What wonders will her indomitable spirit reach!
What lessons will she the angels teach
Now that she is free from toil and pain--
At liberty to travel the celestial plane!
Our earthly loss is heaven’s gain.
A phenomenal woman and blessing bringer,
Professor, poet, actress, singer,
Composer, dancer, voice of the oppressed.
We, her children, are forever blessed
For having known her. In God’s arms may she rest.