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Maya Angelou

(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)

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,
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  • Douglas Richmond (9/13/2014 4:04:00 PM)

    Jeez, this is the best poem ever? It's just about a woman being really full of herself, and didn't find the descriptions very emotive or interesting either, just repetitive. (Report) Reply

  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (9/4/2014 4:56:00 AM)

    I really liked, enjoyed the beautiful poem and the subject in particular and its word power and peculiarities of the great poet who is no more. It is beautiful to hear, happy to learn, and understand and I think this is wonderful with so much imaginations and facts as well.The poem is a truth of woman character in particular and it is having such a universal importance and poetic importance that I think with best of emotions to have an opportunity to read it. (Report) Reply

  • Richard Provencher (8/26/2014 9:48:00 AM)

    I really liked the way the words swished about, proudly, exquisitely, and seeking out every corner of life. An interesting journey indeed. (Report) Reply

  • Katherine Shaw (8/4/2014 10:20:00 AM)

    Wow... Pretty sexy stuff. All these women today with fake hair, orange tans and fake lashes...WHY? Why can't they be happy in their own skin? : ( (Report) Reply

  • Ruth Walters (7/20/2014 6:20:00 AM)

    Wow! ..................................................................................................what a woman! (Report) Reply

  • Samaa Ahmed (6/30/2014 7:42:00 AM)

    powerfull msg lies inside these amazing words.. combined with strangly inner confidence (Report) Reply

  • Hebert Logerie Sr. (5/31/2014 4:16:00 AM)

    Maya, L’oiseau en Cage, s’est Envolée

    Le bel oiseau fier,
    En cage, qui chantait si bien hier,
    S’est envolé.
    L’écrivain, qui écrivait en beauté,
    Avec une finesse phénoménale
    Et une distinction magistrale,
    Est parti vers l’au-delà.
    C’était une belle Négresse,
    Une célèbre Poétesse.
    Elle a franchi le voile parsemé,
    Ça et là,
    D’un parfum éthéré.
    Le monde entier est choqué,
    Le monde est attristé,
    Par cette fuite, par ce départ.
    Maya Angelou était une héroïne,
    Qui partageait son esprit et ses parts,
    Avec des étrangers, copains et copines.
    Elle sera désormais manquée pour son style,
    Sa fierté, son intelligence, sa patience, ses avis,
    Sa persévérance, sa bravoure, sa compréhension,
    Ses opinions, sa littérature, ses façons,
    Sa sagesse, son amour et sa bonté.
    Dans mon cœur, elle a une place réservée.

    Copyright© 28 Mai, 2014 Logerie Hébert, All Rights Reserved
    Hebert Logerie est l’auteur de plusieurs recueils de poèmes. (Report) Reply

  • Hebert Logerie Sr. (5/30/2014 5:50:00 PM)

    Maya, You are now a Free Bird

    African Queen, Afro-American Queen,
    American Queen, Black Queen,
    You are now free, you have escaped,
    You are now crowned, phenomenally draped,
    And beautifully coiffed as a famous Poet,
    Great Lecturer, Mother, Lover, Activist,
    Fighter, Doctor, Nurturer, Philanthropist,
    Philosopher, Engineer of rhymes, and Architect
    Of simple, complicated and powerful words,
    Those are as sharp as our ancestors’ swords.

    You had everything that an amazing woman
    Wanted to possess: pride, confidence, elegance,
    Style, bravery, wit, intelligence, humility and patience.
    You inspired kings, queens, intellectuals and laymen.
    You were, without a doubt, a phenomenal woman,
    A special woman that men and women admired.
    You feared nobody: the racist, the confused, and the liar.
    You feared nothing: weather, water, sand, soil and fire.
    However, you loved everybody: the sick, the weak, and the tired;
    The poor, the homeless, the brave, and the strong.
    Maya, you are now a free bird, please sing the song.
    You have opened the cage, like a bird, you are now free.
    Spread your wings to shower the world with wisdom,
    Love, passion, comprehension, tolerance and liberty.
    Hum again and sing again the beautiful song of freedom.
    African Queen, Afro-American Queen,
    American Queen, Black Queen,
    You have left a phenomenal legacy,
    You will be remembered until eternity.

    Copyright© May 28,2014 Logerie Hébert, All Rights Reserved (Report) Reply

    Ricardo Thripp (7/26/2014 10:00:00 PM)

    Stop worshiping State eugenicists!

    Richard Thripp (6/15/2014 12:04:00 AM)

    Remove this abomination!

  • Ronell Warren Alman (5/29/2014 12:49:00 PM)

    Your legacy will live on forever Dr. Angelou. You are forever a Phenomenal Woman! (Report) Reply

    Richard Thripp (6/3/2014 11:20:00 AM)

    Are you referring to her late-term abortion/black genocide legacy?

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