Author Maya Angelou dies aged 86

Author Maya Angelou dies aged 86

“Her family said: ‘She lived a life as a teacher, activist, artist and human being. She was a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace.'” And “JK Rowling tweeted one of Angelou’s quotes in tribute: ‘If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.’ Maya Angelou – who was utterly amazing.'” I’ve always thought that a heavy dose of Faulkner and Angelou with a dash of Harper Lee were required of any great library.

Rod Dreher’s comments are also poignant about the backlash and ingratitude some have for her work. She was a beautiful writer and reflector of the life and times shared by my mother, a poor white woman growing up in South Carolina during and after the depression. 

Below is my favorite poem misattributed to her and it was mentioned in the contents section of Dreher’s piece. Her work was so vast and spoke to so many altruisms of American life that she rivals Mark Twain.

I am a Christian 
by Carol Wimmer

When I say “I am a Christian”
I’m not shouting “I am saved.”
I’m whispering “I get lost”
That is why I chose this way.
When I say “I am a Christian”
I don’t speak of this with pride.
I’m confessing that I stumble
And need someone to be my guide.

When I say “I am a Christian”
I’m not trying to be strong.
I’m professing that I am weak
And pray for strength to carry on.

When I say “I am a Christian”
I’m not bragging of success.
I’m admitting I have failed
And cannot ever pay the debt.

When I say “I am a Christian”
I’m not claiming to be perfect.
My flaws are too visible
But God believes I’m worth it.

When I say “I am a Christian”
I still feel the sting of pain.
I have my share of heartaches
Which is why I seek HIS name.

When I say “I am a Christian”
I do not wish to judge.
I have no authority
I only know I’m loved.