Maya Angelou was a true Renaissance woman: writer, singer, dancer, director, civil rights activist. But for me, she’ll always be first and foremost a poet. A sample from one of my favorites:
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
I’ll miss her grace, her joie de vivre, her laugh. And be thankful for the gifts she left behind.
Phenomenal Woman excerpt from: THE COMPLETE COLLECTED POEMS OF MAYA ANGELOU, Random House, 1st edition (September 13, 1994).