The Phenomenal Woman: Maya Angelou (Rest in perfect peace)

A phenomenal woman

With a brave and startling truth

Oh! You are like a mother: a cradle to hold me

For your sake I shout, mom and me and mom!


You have the heart of a woman

Hallelujah! You gave hope to the prostitutes and sexually abused

Now there is a celebration ritual of peace and prayer

For your sake, life doesn’t frighten me any more


You said, “Gather together in my name”

For your name is a song flung up to heaven

Oh! Shakers, why don’t you sing

For now, Sheba sings the song


Now I hear, “Just give me a cool drink of water for I die”

Oh! Pray my wings are gonna fit me well

And I shall not be moved

For even though I may fall and still I rise


Not even a black candle

For I wouldn’t take nothing for my journey now

Even the stars look lonesome

For although, all God’s children need a traveling shoes


Now, I know why the caged Bird sings

On the pulse of morning

Singing and swinging and getting merry like Christmas

For the phenomenal woman is gone and heaven rejoice for a job well done


A LETTER TO MY DAUGHTER, OUR DAUGHTERS, TO LEARN FROM THIS GREAT WOMAN.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF MAYA ANGELOU


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