No More Phenomenal Woman

I LOVE Maya Angelou

I LOVE Maya Angelou’s poetry, but twice a year on the 8th of March – International Women’s Day, and the 9th of August – National Women’s Day in South Africa, I could do without Ms Maya.


Because I get assaulted with her beautiful poem Phenomenal Woman. It’s in my inbox, my facebook wall, it appears as cute Pink postcards on my desk…arrgggghhhhh! No more. Please no more Phenomenal Woman!

Surely there are other poems fitting for commemorating women’s day.

Here is one

Imagine A Woman by Patricia Lynn reilly

Imagine a woman who believes it is right and good she is a woman.
A woman who honors her experience and tells her stories.
Who refuses to carry the sins of others within her body and life.

Imagine a woman who trusts and respects herself.
A woman who listens to her needs and desires.
Who meets them with tenderness and grace.

Imagine a woman who acknowledges the past’s influence on the present.
A woman who has walked through her past.
Who has healed into the present.

Imagine a woman who authors her own life.
A woman who exerts, initiates, and moves on her own behalf.
Who refuses to surrender except to her truest self and wisest voice.

Imagine a woman who names her own gods.
A woman who imagines the divine in her image and likeness.
Who designs a personal spirituality to inform her daily life.

Imagine a woman in love with her own body.
A woman who believes her body is enough, just as it is.
Who celebrates its rhythms and cycles as an exquisite resource.

Imagine a woman who honors the body of the Goddess in her changing body.
A woman who celebrates the accumulation of her years and her wisdom.
Who refuses to use her life-energy disguising the changes in her body and life.

Imagine a woman who values the women in her life.
A woman who sits in circles of women.
Who is reminded of the truth about herself when she forgets.

Imagine yourself as this woman.

If you have more alternatives to Phenomenal Women, please post them below, the sistahood will thank you!

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