The poetry I love most is the poetry that has had some sort of impact on my life, poetry that MEANS something to me. There are a few poems that have really made a lasting impact on me, and I’d mostly like to feature those in Poetry Friday.
When I was in high school, I got the amazing opportunity to see Maya Angelou speak at a college campus near my hometown. We had just finishing reading I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, and I was ecstatic when my English teacher told us we were going to see Angelou speak. To be honest, I don’t even remember what she spoke about, but she recited a few of her poems, and when she began to recite “Phenomenal Woman,” a hush fell over the crowd, and I was entranced. Perhaps it was the confidence she exuded as she read the poem, her movements, her facial expressions that got to me. All I know is that many years later, this poem is one I keep coming back to—one that has really impacted my life.
Here’s an excerpt:
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.
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
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