A Tribute to Dr Maya Angelou: A Global Renaissance Woman – Phenomenally!

I woke up this morning saddened by the news that Dr Maya Angelou had passed away. The very first poet that I had shared about on this blog was Dr Maya Angelou so it did not come as a surprise that there were over 2,000 visits to my blog on this day alone. The majority of the visits today were made to previous posts that were written about Dr Maya Angelou.

Hailed as a global renaissance woman, Dr Maya Angelou was a celebrated poet, memoirist, novelist, educator, dramatist, producer, actress, historian, filmmaker, and civil rights activist. Her voice was one of the most influential of our time.  She was a poet that inspired me greatly. Having read her autobiographies and poetry as well as hearing her voice on my copy of her Black Pearls poetry album on cd (which is actually playing right now as I type), I know that her voice and her stories will continue to live on in the hearts of many, including mine. She will always be the phenomenal woman of our time. Rest in love Dr Maya Angelou, thank you for your gift of words xox

Above: A photo collage which I put together as a tribute to Dr Maya Angelou. She is pictured with Malcolm X, President Obama and Oprah Winfrey. Rest in Peace Dr Maya Angelou 1928-2014.

Phenomenal Woman

by Dr 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
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. 

For more info on her biography, click Dr Maya Angelou Biography.

To visit her official website, click on this link here: Dr Maya Angelou Official Website.


  1. I was left numb and speechless by the passing of an awesome poet whom i admired greatly. Usually the words would come, yet in my sadness i found myself empty, saddened by her passing and then yet also happy, because she is with the God, the creator whom we both loved deeply. We are blessed that there are many writings, recordings and so many gifts which she left available for all of us to enjoy. Her spirit will live on within all who loved her! Maryanne, the beautiful spirit you are is a lovely reflection of her selfless heart. Thanks for what you always share…a beautiful tribute my sister…spiritual hugs, love and blessings always dear sister.

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