MAYA. // I've been too blessed. To write and speak and have that feed me. I've been so blessed, that I squandered whatever freedoms I thought I was owed. To have been named your "millennial predecessor" changed my very existence. Maya, I have so much work to do. I stay inspired by your legacy; I study your pitfalls, the way in which you forgave your own humanity. The spirit in which you loved others, even the ones that paid you for it. Know that I see your honest hustle. The way you prayed into your pages. You never bothered with aspiring to be the Phoenix; no you knew the alchemy of the ashes. I see you, I miss you, Maya. ❤️. Respectfully, Yours.