Maya and Me
Do you have words in your rugs?
In your upholstery?
Maya Angelou, amazingly versatile, talented poet, actor, director, dancer, everything-creator, said this to her pal Oprah:
“Words are things. You must be careful, careful about calling people out of their names, using racial pejoratives and sexual pejoratives and all that ignorance. Don’t do that. Some day we’ll be able to measure the power of words. I think they are things. They get on the walls. They get in your wallpaper. They get in your rugs, in your upholstery, and your clothes, and finally in to you.”
Maya inspired me to
consider the power of words.
At this straaange time in world politics, perhaps some of us are even more attuned to the power of words. What do you think?
This is what emerged from my funny ol’ rhyming brain:
Sticks and stones
May break my bones
And words themselves
A word or two
Can fracture you.
Helps you flower.
Stay tuned for Words in your Wallpaper Too, in which we look at the power of words that can cause Artist Wounds.
Meanwhile, wishing you Creative Wellness
with love, art and soul from Sally