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    Posted May 29, 2014 by
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    In Memoriam

    Maya Angelou

    I have been in love with Maya Angelou and her work since my teens. I dreamed of the day when I would meet her. Finally as a grown woman in 2011 (51 years old), during the most difficult journey of my life, the opportunity came. She was speaking 30 minutes away at Earlham College, in Richmond, Indiana. My sisters and I went. I cried through her whole appearance, it didn't matter what she said, I cried because I was in her presence, so close to the opportunity to just touch her. I am not a crazy person, I just felt that strongly about her journey she shares so freely, and the many millions of people including me she has given strength and meaning to life’s journeys with the power of her words. At one point she lost her breath and called for her oxygen. She told us that this was the first time in public she had asked for oxygen. As she sat on the stage and waited there was total silence, and I wondered with her honesty about this being the first time publicly she showed her need of oxygen, if the silence was uncomfortable for her, so I yelled through the silence, "We love you Maya" and she responded with great dignity and to my joy, "I love you back"
    After she had completed her lecture (when I came to my senses, I realized was a selfish moment for me), I hurried to the stage, and tried to get her a letter I had written to her, of course she was not feeling well, what was I thinking?
    Evidently out of the 2000 people at the lecture, my non-stop crying drew the attention, of a reporter from the local newspaper and he interviewed me after her appearance. Here is the excerpt from the paper:
    Angelou at Earlham: 'Light up someone's path'
    Lecture draws more than 2,000 (Brian Zimmerman)
    “Trish Crowe of New Castle said she was in tears throughout Angelou's speech. She called out "We love you" following Angelou's medical episode, a cry that received an "I love you" back.
    "One of the reasons I started enjoying poetry was because of her," Crowe said. "I was mesmerized. She's a brilliant, brilliant person.
    "I have met President (Barack) Obama, President (Bill) Clinton, and shaken their hands," she said. "I would have been more honored to just have been able to shake her hand tonight”
    The chance to meet her has passed, but not the chance for her to live on through sharing her beauty, her words, and her light to anyone willing to take it in and appreciate it.
    Trish Crowe

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