it's a great life, if you don't weaken (matociquala) wrote,
it's a great life, if you don't weaken

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That's me.

When I was in college, I was fortunate enough to see Maya Angelou speak. My mother drove up to campus to come with me, and I raced back to my dormitory from a night class (I think it was Philosophy 102) to meet her, so fast I gave myself shin splints.

She not only gave a speech, she also read some poetry. Langston Hughes, and "Phenomenal Woman."

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies
I'm not cute or built to suit a model's fashion 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 steps
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman
That's me.

Just in case, as I suspect, a couple of y'all needed to hear that today.
Tags: feminism

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