Thursday, July 3, 2014

Maya Angelou (1928 - 2014)--By Joe Flach--United States

Maya Angelou (1928 - 2014)

Well known poets are few and far between;
Poets with fame while still living, are hardly ever seen.
So, in that rare occasion, when such a genius comes along,
we bask in her glory and bathe in the beauty of her song.

And, when that pen is laid down, to write poetry nevermore,
We feel a void in our soul where her poetry we once wore.
But the words she leaves behind are there to always comfort you,
And we will cherish them forever, in memory of Maya Angelou.

Joe Flach is an amateur poet living in Gig Harbor, WA. Joe has been writing poetry, short stories and song lyrics his entire life but has only recently found the courage to share some of his work with others through internet websites and his own Poetry Facebook Page – “Poems, Lyrics and Stuff by an Average Joe”. As a professional consultant working in the fields of crisis management and disaster recovery, Joe uses has writing as a form of stress release and an opportunity to expand his horizons. Joe is a father of four children who he often relies on as a source for inspiration.


  1. Joe, thank you for your wonderful dedication to this marvelous, classy lady! It is very beautifully written and soulfully expressed. Yes! The void is there, but she is a legend along with all the other legends whom we will forever hear in their echoes. I love your poem! On Whispers we seem to have such an intricate bond with all the writers with whom the bond is so special! We are so blessed! Sheri /

  2. Thank you, Joe. This is a moving and touching poem dedicated to a very gifted poet and an even better human being. She will be missed. May she rest in peace. Thank you for sharing. Continued blessings!

    -MJ (

  3. Well done friend. A great tribute to a great lady.. best wishes. Pete.

  4. What nice tribute to a gifted writer's memory. Well done. Bob H

  5. What an honorable tribute to a quill....most deserving....
    Her ink will flow all that were embraced by Maya's beauty and grace...
    Thank you for this powerful share....
    Brightest Blessings to you and yours!

  6. Dear Joe,

    I enjoyed your very moving tribute honoring Maya Angelou. Her words will live on in years to come. Thank you for sharing your poem with us and I'd like to leave with a quote she wrote in 2010.


    Human Beings - Maya Angelou

    I think sometimes that many of us need to have our hearts torn out. Because we need to be reminded that we don't live by bread alone, that we do have hearts. And we are supposed to be movable. I mean when somebody says you moved me, we should all be moveable. We should all be movable when we see misery, discomfort, a need in another human being. We turn away, that's when should turn back and say that's a human being, just like me.

  7. Dear Joe,
    Indeed, it is rare to find a poet who is well known in his/her own time period. Maya was just such a poet and will long be remembered for her words of wisdom. Beautiful poem!