Maya Angelou a Phenomenal Woman

28 May

I was reading when a notification popped up on my iPad.  It read “Maya Angelou dead at 86″.  I dropped everything in search of the article.  I just couldn’t believe it.  I still can’t believe it.  Maya Angelou will be greatly missed.  I heard someone say “My black feminist heart is weeping.”  I couldn’t have said it better myself.  Maya Angelou was a jack of all trades, but most of all inspiration for everyone.  Her quotes give advice on love, liberation, freedom, women, men, education, and on many other dilemmas of life.  She will live on through these quotes, her poems, and novels.  I can say I was one of the lucky ones to have had the pleasure to see and hear this intelligent, wise beyond centuries woman speak in person.  I remember how captivated the audience was when she spoke.  The air was light and our spirits were lifted.  The silence in the room was devoted to that special moment of sharing her poetry, her expression.  I’ll never forget it.  As a tribute to Maya Angelou writer, poet, educator, actor, director, producer,  historian, activist, playwright, and….


Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size       Maya-Angelou
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.

Maya Angelou


Posted by on May 28, 2014 in Bookish Stuff


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6 responses to “Maya Angelou a Phenomenal Woman

  1. alenaslife

    May 29, 2014 at 12:47 am

    I listened to her recite this poem today with my heart broken but ever grateful to have her words in my soul.

  2. margaret21

    May 29, 2014 at 6:57 am

    A great woman, whose work I haven’t revisited in a while. Sad that it takes her death to encourage me to do so.

    • didibooksenglish

      May 29, 2014 at 7:33 am

      Yes Margaret I totally agree. I’m interested in reading her poetry since I don’t know but a few of them.

  3. Heather

    May 29, 2014 at 10:35 am

    I am heartbroken. I remember reading I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings as a young teen and it changed my worldview almost completely. Between Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, and Margaret Atwood, I came to realize what it actually meant to be a woman. And the first time I read Phenomenal Woman? Hoooo-wee! I kept stopping to say, “YES!”

    Such a huge loss for the world.

    • didibooksenglish

      May 29, 2014 at 2:38 pm

      Yes Heather I totally agree. Dr. Angelou’s advice spoke to everyone. Her advice will live on to the generations to come. We have lost a truly remarkable woman.


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