She was here, but now she’s gone! I wonder if we know what a treasure we let
slip away… in the darkness of night. She left for her journey by herself. Not
the romanticized version where she would be surrounded by family and friends.
She went like we all must travel, alone… all alone.
I wonder if we know what a treasure we let slip away… she walked the
motherland with Malcolm and marched the homeland with Martin. She wrote during
the renaissance in Harlem and broke bread with James. She danced the calypso and
sang for her supper all the while lighting the way.
I wonder if we know what a treasure we let slip away… as a young girl she was
violated into silence but her wisdom was too strong. Stamps couldn’t hold her
she was meant for the world. She found her voice and became a teacher of
generations, yet lost ones don’t recognize her.
I wonder if we know what a treasure we let slip away… she eloquently spoke and
commanded the attention of Presidents, Heads of State and Dignitaries. Nelson,
Bill and Barack were her contemporaries. She won awards and was bestowed honors
very few people will ever achieve. Yet was humble enough to walk with the people
and demand civil rights for all.
I wonder if we know what a treasure we let slip away… a mother, grandmother
and great grandmother. She hugged the rest of the world with her wisdom and
love. So much so that Oprah and Iyanla call her “Mama Maya”. She is quoted daily
by people around the world and her legacy will live forever. Her knowledge was
shared in books, movies, classrooms, radio and television. She was social media
all on her own.
So when we look back and reminisce on the time we had with her, let us remember
that she was a walking, talking flesh and blood journal of phenomenal history
that lived during our lifetime. Let us recall that this Icon was here to teach
us and love us and nourish us with her wisdom. I wonder if we know what a
treasure we let slip away…
Rest in Peace “Mama Maya”
May 28, 2014
– Lisa Wright-Tetting