"I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings" by Maya Angelou

December 19, 2020

About the Book

This week I'm rereading Maya Angelou's incredible book, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" through audible.  It is a beautiful, touching book. Even more importantly - it is the kind of book that gives you a new understanding of things.  

I think, for me, this is because Maya Angelou doesn't tell her story in bits and pieces.  She tells it whole.  

It's all there. Dark, ugly, funny, beautiful, shameful, graceful, heartbreaking. But she isn't dark or ugly or shamed or broken. 

And this is an important point.

My Application

"I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" is about life and racism and coming of age and trauma and courage and many other things. But, for me, the most important point it made was about childhood and how it affects us and what we can do about that.

Things can go wrong for us in childhood in about a million different ways. In my case, family problems and my own unique neurobiology made my grade school, and high school, years difficult. I think it's usual for people to carry something of that kind of experience with them into adulthood, as I did.

And then, someone comes along - like Maya Angelou - and clearly shows us that we do not have to hold onto the darkness and the brokeness and that, if we are brave enough, there is another way.

That way is to tell our story. Though not necessarily literally.

Which, for me, is where journaling and blogging and maybe even coming back to fiction writing come in.

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ― Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings


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