Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Poem - Maya Angelou.

Today I woke up with thoughts in my hair. I thought of how far I've come and of how much I've grown. I thought of clouds and stardust. I thought of the sun and the smell of cactus underneath a clear, blue sky.

I thought of being a young woman and getting old and grey.

I wonder how it tastes on a cold tongue during a hot night. I thought of how lucky I am to have a strong, loving family. And as I rolled by the gorgeous mountains surrounding my hometown, I wished I could create a time machine with my hands so that I could save the image for the days I needed to see them most.
I thought of life and how short it is. I thought of love and words and poetry. I thought of colors and time bombs. Of a black moon and a red pool full of hearts. And then, one of my favorite poems popped into my head --

"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
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 of my care,
'Cause I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Maya Angelou