To A Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou

I promise I won’t do this all day. I want­ed to save these for myself, though. I’ve got Phe­nom­e­nal Woman on my own site but had­n’t seen this poem before.

To a Phe­nom­e­nal Woman by Maya Angelou

When I was in my younger days
I weighed a few pounds less
I need­n’t hold my tum­my in
to wear a belt­ed dress
But now that I am older
I’ve set my body free
There’s com­fort of elastic
where once my waist would be.
Inven­tor of those high-heeled shoes
my feet have not forgiven
I have to wear a nine now
But used to wear a seven
And how about those pantyhose?
They’re sized by weight, you see.
So how come when I put them on
The crotch is at my knee?
I need to wear these glasses
As the print­’s been get­ting smaller
And it was­n’t very long ago
I know that I was taller.
Though my hair has turned to gray
And my skin no longer fits
On the inside I ‘m the same old me
It’s the out­side’s changed a bit

But, on a pos­i­tive note
I’ve learned that no matter
what hap­pens or how bad it
seems today, life does go on
and it will be bet­ter tomorrow.
I’ve learned that you can tell a lot
about a per­son by the way
he/she han­dles these three things:
a rainy day, lost lug­gage, and
a tan­gled Christ­mas tree.

I’ve learned that regard­less of
your rela­tion­ship with
your par­ents, you’ll miss them
when they’re gone from your life.
I’ve learned that mak­ing a “liv­ing” is not the same
thing as mak­ing a “life.“I’ve learned that life sometimes
gives you a sec­ond chance.
I’ve learned that you shouldn’t
go through life with a
catcher’s mitt on both hands.
You need to be able to throw some­thing back.
I’ve learned that whenever
I decide some­thing with an open heart,
I usu­al­ly make the right decision.
I’ve learned that every day you should
reach out and touch someone.
Peo­ple love a warm hug,
or just a friend­ly pat on the back.
I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.
I’ve learned that peo­ple will for­get what you said,
peo­ple will for­get what you did,
but peo­ple will nev­er forget
how you made them feel.

Cyn is Rick's wife, Katie's Mom, and Esther & Oliver's Mémé. She's also a professional geek, avid reader, fledgling coder, enthusiastic gamer (TTRPGs), occasional singer, and devoted stitcher.
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