Maya Angelou is a famous writer and poet. The story of her beginnings is heart rendering. She was raped when she was 8. When her rapist escaped jail time, he was murdered, presumably by her uncles. In her child’s mind, she believed that he had died because she had spoken his “name”. This caused her to not talk for 5 years.
However, out of this evil, something wonderful was created. In this time(of silence for coping with her rape), she reading avidly on a wide variety of subjects and introspected. When she decided she was ready to talk again, she had a lot to say and many different ways to say it. Thus was born a great poet, whose words have touched many a soul, including mine. She was a phenomenal woman, who is best known for her 7 autobiographies of childhood & early adulthood experiences. Maya Angelou went on to recite one of her poems “On the Pulse of Morning” at the inauguration of Bill Clinton.
But, the one that pulls my heartstrings, is her poem, “Phenomenal Woman” reproduced in part above. The combination of the rhythm, the words, the undercurrent of confidence, and the tone with which she says, “I say” and “That’s me”, has always left me feeling inspired and proud to be a woman.
Dedicated to all the phenomenal women in the world.