Passing of Phenomenal Woman

Today Maya Angelou passed away.  Here is a little remembrance.


Phenomenal Woman

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

Are you a “Flash” Fiction Superhero?



Having finished up April with National Poetry Month guest bloggers, I am taking a bit of a break.  It was a lot of fun!  If you missed any, check my past blogs to see all the great poetry.

The next great writing challenge I think will be Flash Fiction Month, which by consensus on several sites is in July.

If any of you out there are interested in writing some Flash Fiction and posting it as a guest blogger on my blog, just let me know in the comments below.  I’m posting early, so I can have more time to prepare for this.  Also, I find that it’s often really hard to write short stories.  You have to be so careful with word choice, that it can actually take longer than writing the same amount of words in a longer piece of fiction.  I’ll be looking for writing under 1000 words.

Dust off your pens.  Who’s ready to join me in July?

Don’t forget My Writing Life blog hops!

My Writing Life

Thanks again for the blog hop opportunity from Liz Fountain’s Point No Point blog:

Take the time today to check out the Writing Life of the following:

Ottilie Weber
Ottilie Weber
Ottilie Weber grew up in Wall, New Jersey, not far from the beach. She always has a book in her hands or nearby, despite her dyslexia. She graduated from The College of New Jersey, earning a degree in History Secondary Education and is currently in grad school at Georgian Court University. Ottilie has a passion for writing, where she is always ready to take on the next project. Her family and close friends are there to help her take on the bumps or potholes in the road.
Roderick Hart

I grew up in St Andrews (Scotland) and went to the University of Aberdeen.  Since then I have worked in education, mostly in audio recording and editing. I have written poetry over the years and published quite a lot of it, though none recently. I concentrate on prose now – novels and short stories. I am married with two children. My daughter lives here in Edinburgh, my son in New York.
Eric Ian Huffman
My name is Eric Huffman. I spent much of my late teens and early twenties up all night in a small room, scribbling smudgy words in wire bound notebooks. Life took me away from writing for over twenty years, until last year, when I began posting poetry, prose, and short stories online. I was encouraged to do more with my writing by many of my online followers, and the credit, or the blame, for any books that I publish belongs to them. I am currently writing a novel.

Thanks to all you great poets! – National Poetry Month


Hello everyone.

This month has been so exciting and challenging.  It has definitely taken me out of my comfort zone.  It has been an incredible journey through National Poetry Month.  I have met some really amazing people and been able to share with family and friends.  Thank you again to all who joined in and I have listed below.  If anyone missed these, check back in the past blog posts and read their poems.  It’s worth it.  🙂


Thanks to you poet

for sharing your work with us

Enriching us all!

Pamela Telkamp
DA Botta
Bonnie McClellan
Anna Mosca
Liz Fountain
J.D. Brink
Jakub Sofranko
Roderick Hart
Phil Teller
Casi Thomason.
P.F. Chan
Lori Lynne Armstrong
Michael O’Connor
Jodey Mann
Eric Ian Huffman
Rachel Thompson
Carolyn Howard Johnson
Jessica Lindly
Kristy Lloyd
Bianca Bowers
Rebecca Wolf-Nail
Shenanigan Cheesefield