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Other Things Maya Angelou Didn’t Say, On A Stamp

Last year, noted author and poet Maya Angelou passed away. The United States Postal Service responded in the only way it could, by designing a stamp in tribute to her.

maya-stampActually, a stamp isn’t the only way they could have responded. They also could have sent a nice card to her family because, after all, they are the Postal Service. And a card would have been nicer than what they did.

You see, they designed a lovely stamp for her, but there is a problem. The quote on the stamp isn’t something Maya Angelou said. I’d have thought finding a quote from Ms. Angelou would have been easy, she was a prolific author. Apparently it was harder for the Postal Service than I’d have thought.

So, knowing that the stamp will probably need redesigning, I thought I would submit a few suggestions for the United States Postal Service to consider. In the spirit of the original design, I’ve chosen to include quotes that could not be attributed to Ms. Angelou. Instead, I went with quotes from two of the great minds in American culture today – Charlie Sheen and Kanye West.


My first Maya Angelou stamp is designed around a quote from Charlie Sheen. It is rambling, confusing and dare I say, gnarly? Yes, I think that I dare.

(original stamp design by USPS)

(original stamp design by USPS)

Actually, the last two sentences are not impossible to imagine Maya Angelou saying. Before that, maybe not.

Shallow? Yeah.

We move over to Kanye West for my next stamp idea. Ms. Angelou was connected to the human condition. The plight of others moved her. Fashion? Maybe not as much.

Fortunately, Kanye is the opposite of her.

(original stamp design USPS)

(original stamp design USPS)

“Fashion breaks my heart.” Yeah, that’s all we’ve got to be concerned about.

Well, That’s Partly True

Charlie Sheen might have been channeling Maya Angelou, who could prove that she had poetry in her fingertips.

Alright, she couldn’t prove it literally, but figuratively? All day.

(original stamp design USPS)

(original stamp design USPS)

I suppose if Maya were going to be in the air, the safest place to be would be on a boat.

Oh, No She Didn’t…!

You know, nothing is more important than a person’s spirit and mind. Ok, and freedom. Safety is important. Not being imprisoned. Yeah.

(original design USPS)

(original design USPS)

Somehow I can’t imagine Ms. Angelou thumbing her nose at Nelson Mandela. Stranger things have happened though; someone gave Kanye a record deal.

Maybe it’s me, but if someone is worthy of tribute, aren’t they worthy of an accurate tribute?

This post grew out of an idea I had on my blog. Need to see this idea beaten to death? Come on over.


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15 Comments on Other Things Maya Angelou Didn’t Say, On A Stamp

  1. I have a Maya Angelou quote on a sampler in my bathroom:

    “Light a light
    Strike the match
    Be a bro
    Close that hatch”

    It may be one of her earlier works.


  2. Whether I agree with her politics or not, I have to applaud her sucess as a writer. I agree that if a tribute is given to a writer, it’s prudent to refer to something she wrote. 🙂


  3. This is possibly the greatest thing I’ve seen today. Granted, I’ve only been awake for a few hours, but it is still bloody fantastic all the same. Awesome.


  4. Annie Emmy Evans // April 8, 2015 at 2:12 pm //

    I have tears streaming down my face I’m laughing so hard. This is fantastic.


  5. Put the Constitution on my stamp


  6. Reblogged this on evanml31 and commented:
    Great article. words of two great terrible role models using the stamps of a true role model. I love it.


  7. Reblogged this on Sarah's Attic Of Treasures and Our Neck Of The Woods and commented:
    No there isn’t. My story. My son…How he lived and how he died.


  8. I enjoyed these and the Mohammed Ali quotes on your other site. Wouldn’t you have liked to been a fly on the wall when the guy who picked the supposed quote was told, “I think we have a problem” ? Do you think he still has a job? A five year old could have found a quote by Maya that was worthy in minutes.


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