Phenomenal Woman :: Dr. Maya Angelou

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It is with great sadness that esteemed author, poet, playwright and activist has passed on.  I was introduced to her autobiography ” I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.”   in high school for a mandatory reading lesson. We had to read and then write an essay.  Her story was extremely compelling and empowering.   Dr. Angelou’s strong will, grace and her poise with her inspirational poems and quotes has been a whisper to me at times when I had no idea that I was even being led. One of her empowering poems resonates deeply in my heart, “Phenomenal Woman.”

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
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

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
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
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Phenomenal Woman by Dr. Maya Angelou

Love saves the day, and according to Dr. Angelou it liberates as shared by the OWN Network.  She also reminds us to use our words carefully and be prepared to be a blessing to others.

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