Maya Angelou (1928-2014)
A reading by Maya Angelou yesterday on Poetry Please brought her front and center in my mind. How could we celebrate Black History Month and not include Maya Angelou? So here she is, not a conventional beauty, but a Beauty and a Refuge … wise and sassy Phenomenal Woman …
1 very remarkable; extraordinary
2 perceptible by the senses or through immediate experience: the phenomenal world.
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.
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
I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
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