Maya Angelou, A Truly Phenomenal Woman

Phenomenal Woman- Maya Angelou (1978)


Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.

I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size

But when I start to tell them,

They think I’m telling lies.

I say,

It’s in the reach of my arms,

The span of my hips,

The stride of my step,

The curl of my lips.

I’m a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

I walk into a room

Just as cool as you please,

And to a man,

The fellows stand or

Fall down on their knees.

Then they swarm around me,

A hive of honey bees.

I say,

It’s the fire in my eyes,

And the flash of my teeth,

The swing in my waist,

And the joy in my feet.

I’m a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered

What they see in me.

They try so much

But they can’t touch

My inner mystery.

When I try to show them,

They say they still can’t see.

I say,

It’s in the arch of my back,

The sun of my smile,

The ride of my breasts,

The grace of my style.

I’m a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

Now you understand

Just why my head’s not bowed.

I don’t shout or jump about

Or have to talk real loud.

When you see me passing,

It ought to make you proud.

I say,

It’s in the click of my heels,

The bend of my hair,

the palm of my hand,

The need for my care.

’Cause I’m a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

My drama teacher first gave us that poem when i was 14 or 15 and it changed my life.
I read I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings when i was 17 and it just blew me away. the struggles she faced and just what a story. i need to read the other books!
Maya Angelou…i wish i could have met her but what a phenomenal woman she was…a true inspirations and role model.
The world has lost an incredible and amazing woman but i am sure there are many more young girls and women who will become Phenomenal Women and make the world a better place by being in it. =)

Remember, life is too short to be angry all the time so smile, forgive and be grateful.

i’ll leave you with some of my fave quotes :
  • “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

  • “What you’re supposed to do when you don’t like a thing is change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. Don’t complain.”

  • “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style”

  • “A woman’s heart should be so hidden in God that a man has to seek Him just to find her.”

  • “Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.”

  • “No matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.”

  • “Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet.”

  • “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”

  • “I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.”

  • “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”

RIP Maya Angelou (1928-2014)

 

PEACE. LOVE. BOOKS.

 

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