Dr. Maya Angelou

I know why the caged bird singsDeath silences the voice  and memories bring it back. Every once in a while someone or something comes along that makes you pause, reflect and appreciate.  Nothing happens by accident and such was the life and legacy of Dr. Maya Angelou.

Words were her life  and now they are her eternal legacy. There are so many words that can be used to describe her, but which ever you choose it is the one that personally resonates with you. For our team here at BONDing over BOOKS, she was the epitome of powerful, meaningful expression. Dr. Angelou was not afraid to share her voice with the world and she left us with some pretty big shoes to fill.

We are here for a reason and a purpose far greater and impactful than what we can ever imagine! Maya Angelou lived the life that many of us would love to live…if we weren’t afraid. She spoke life and courage emitted from her words. Her poetry inspired many generations.

In her own words, transformative, informative, inspirational, independent, creative and courageous…she was a *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
  • 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.                                                  

Dr. Maya Angelou reminded us everyday that “either you’re going to live your own dreams or be a part of someone else’s.”

*Source: Maya Angelou Poems. RandomHouse Publishing.                                                                                                                                           


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