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You Were a Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Maya Angelou had an uncanny way of deeply touching all women, especially those of us who have experienced racism, neglect, abuse, self-doubt and hardship. This beautiful, famous poet had a way of reaching into our hearts and heads and making us feel understood and supported. Maya Angelou created stronger feminine energy during her time on this earth. She sparked our thoughts, imaginations and, most importantly, gave us permission to be sad and to be strong. She celebrated the woman and the human experience and all of the richness that life brings.

As you may have heard, Maya Angelou died in her home in North Carolina this morning.

I had the pleasure of meeting her twice, and I felt honored in her presence. She had the aura of a great sage. She was so loving and strong and tall that I cried when I got the chance to say hello. And I will shed a tear today for this dear lady and role model who I loved so much.

My favorite lines of hers–and I have read and reread every single word she’s ever published–are these from the poem Phenomenal Woman. I take this to bed when I’m sad. I read it at my dear aunt’s grave. I share it with my daughters for no reason at all. I can’t wait until they are old enough to read I Know Why the Cage Bird Sings.

Goodbye, Maya Angelou. You were a phenomenal woman. Thank you for sharing your life and words.

May the Lord keep and protect you.

Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou
(first stanza)

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.


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Maya Angelou Emails Obama Supporters

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Maya Angelou is trending big time on Twitter right now. Most of it is love. But there are too many haters. After all, she took a stand for Obama in a mass email to the president’s supporters. And we all know how heated this election is getting.

Still, I can’t take it. She’s Maya Angelou! She’s the author of the book I Know Why the Cage Bird Sings and the poem Phenomenal Woman. Her work is too prolific to list here. Her influence too great for words.

I’ve copied much of the email below. It arrived with the subject: “Pretty or plain, heavy or thin, gay or straight, poor or rich.” What do you think?

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