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To My Women on Women’s Day

It is ‘Women’s Day’ today. A day to celebrate being a woman, and to recognise all the amazing women in our lives.

If I could have one wish this Women’s Day, it would be to spend the day with the women in my life who showed me what it is to be a phenomenal woman by sharing your love, support and guidance with me in my life. 

To my gran, my mom, my stepmom, my aunts and my sisters,

I miss you all and don’t get to spend today with any of you, scattered across the globe as we are.

I wish we were closer so that my daughters could benefit from having you all in their lives, just as I was blessed to have you in mine.

Thank you.

Maya Angelou is one of my favourite poets, and her poem, Phenomenal Woman, is one that all women should read, especially on women’s day.

Phenomenal Woman

BY MAYA ANGELOU

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.

Maya Angelou, “Phenomenal Woman” from And Still I Rise. Copyright © 1978 by Maya Angelou. 

Have a blessed Women’s Day all.


Comments

    1. Haha … I wouldn’t have know except South Africa make it a public holiday.

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