maya angelou pictures

Late October
by Maya Angelou

Late October

the leaves of autumn
sprinkle down the tinny
sound of little dyings
and skies sated
of ruddy sunsets
of roseate dawns
roil ceaselessly in
cobweb greys and turn
to black
for comfort.

Only lovers
see the fall
a signal end to endings
a gruffish gesture alerting
those who will not be alarmed
that we begin to stop
in order to begin

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Maya Angelou, honored poet and essayist (April 4, 1928 - May 28, 2014)

  • “Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.”
  • “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.”
  • “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”
  • “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”
  • “My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.”
  • “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”
  • “You are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot - it’s all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.”
  • “Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”

Maya Angelou photographed by Taylor Jewell for Cole Haan Fall 2013


i’ll be closing my etsy-shop where i sell glittery pins of famous authors. so if you’d like to grab something you’ll have until this tuesday, august 30! these are the only authors that i’ve still up but i’ll be back in october with all of them again, new ones and even the art pins are going to make a return :-)