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A Tribute To Maya Angelou

A Tribute To Maya Angelou

maya_angelou_tribute_content1.jpgGrade four students created a tribute to Maya Angelou last week after reading her poem, Life Doesn’t Frighten Me.

Life Doesn’t Frighten Me

Shadows on the wall
Noises down the hall
Life doesn’t frighten me at all
 
Bad dogs barking loud
Big ghosts in a cloud
Life doesn’t frighten me at all
 
Mean old Mother Goose
Lions on the loose
They don’t frighten me at all
 
Dragons breathing flame
On my counterpane
That doesn’t frighten me at all.
 
I go boo
Make them shoo
I make fun
Way they run
I won’t cry
So they fly
I just smile
They go wild
 
Life doesn’t frighten me at all.
 
Tough guys fight
All alone at night
Life doesn’t frighten me at all.
 
Panthers in the park
Strangers in the dark
No, they don’t frighten me at all.
That new classroom where
Boys all pull my hair
(Kissy little girls
With their hair in curls)
They don’t frighten me at all.
 
Don’t show me frogs and snakes
And listen for my scream,
If I’m afraid at all
It’s only in my dreams.
 
I’ve got a magic charm
That I keep up my sleeve
I can walk the ocean floor
And never have to breathe.
 
Life doesn’t frighten me at all
Not at all
Not at all.
 
Life doesn’t frighten me at all.  

-Maya Angelou 

maya_angelou_tribute_content2.pngStudent artworks (see photos above and left) inspired by Jean Michel Basquiat were used to illustrate Angelou’s poetry on the large display wall in FMA’s cafeteria. Maya Angelou was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2000, the Lincoln Medal in 2008, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011, as well as over fifty honorary degrees. Ms. Angelou passed away last week at the age of 86.