“Phenomenal Woman” Maya Angelou Dies At 86

Renowned American novelist and literal voice Dr. Maya Angelou passed on today the 28th of May at her home in North Carolina.

Below is a statement from her family that was posted on her Facebook fanpage shortly after the news broke out in major media houses in the USA.

Thursday, May 28, 2014

Dr. Maya Angelou passed quietly in her home before 8:00 a.m. EST. Her family is extremely grateful that her ascension was not belabored by a loss of acuity or comprehension. She lived a life as a teacher, activist, artist and human being. She was a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace. The family is extremely appreciative of the time we had with her and we know that she is looking down upon us with love.

Guy B. Johnson

May she rest in eternal peace. She will be dearly missed.

One of her popular works was Phenomenal woman

Phenomenal Woman

By 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 for my care. ‘Cause I’m a woman


Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

Maya Angelou, “Phenomenal Woman” from And Still I rise

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