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Bri Edwards


Unheralded Poet.... [POETS; Maya A.; celebrity status; SHORT; good works]


[Maya RIP - Maya Angelou (April 11,1928-May 28,2014) ]

PH paid tribute recently to a famed poet, Maya Angelou, on her death.
I WON'T suggest they do likewise, after I take....'my last breath',
but, heck, who gets to decide who is honored for their honest toil ….
when at last her or his earthly body …..is returned to earthly soil?

I guess people thus honored are celebrities and/or have done good works.
Ellias Anderson says: 'We are our own celebrities.' But I know some celebs …..are jerks.
I'm not now and may never be a celebrity, as was Maya Angelou,
but I know in my life I've done good works, if not a lot, at least a few.

(May 29,2014)

Submitted: Sunday, June 08, 2014
Edited: Sunday, June 08, 2014

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i wrote this after seeing the tribute line, on PH's home page, to Maya Angelou.
i believe i saw her on TV once, reciting one of her poems during a presidential inauguration ceremony; could it have been kennedy's? ? my wife thought maybe clinton. so i've googled the question.........robert frost was the first poet to read a poem at a u.s. presidential inauguration (kennedy,1961) , while Maya Angelou became the second to do so (clinton,1993) .
anyway, my poem, obviously, is not a tribute to anyone, but i give Maya her due.

Comments about this poem (Unheralded Poet.... [POETS; Maya A.; celebrity status; SHORT; good works] by Bri Edwards )

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  • Ellias Anderson (6/19/2014 2:04:00 PM)

    I deeply believe in this poem.
    Who are celebrities.? ? People who have been vanished from the social scene?
    We are our own celebrities. (Report) Reply

  • Mr. Nobody (6/9/2014 1:38:00 PM)

    A few will get you water
    just drips on your dry tongue

    For hot will be your reward
    and I'm not talking Sun (Report) Reply

  • Savita Tyagi (6/8/2014 8:03:00 AM)

    Instead of reading celebrity poems I am reading your poems, and there are many like me. That should mean something! Keep putting smiles on faces! (Report) Reply

  • Daniel Brick (6/8/2014 1:11:00 AM)

    This is a clever poem. It's really a barely disguised attack on our celebrity culture which exaggerates some people's worth - the proclaimed celebrities, of course - while the mass of us are given no recognition. And that is grossly unfair. By including a member's poem along with at least one by an established poet, PH is making an effort in the right direction. But you're right on target pointing out many celebrities act like jerks and get the attention, whereas someone like you doing good works is ignore. Your poem won't change the world, and probably Maya Angelou's didn't either. But what you wrote - tongue planted firmly in cheek - may change minds! (Report) Reply

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