To A Phenomenal Woman

  1. A friend sent this to me and I thought the AllNurses Phenomenal Women deserved it too:

    by Maya Angelou

    When I was in my younger days,
    I weighed a few pounds less,
    I needn't hold my tummy in
    to wear a belted dress.

    But now that I am older,
    I've set my body free;
    There's comfort of elastic
    Where once my waist would be.

    Inventor of those high-heeled shoes
    My feet have not forgiven;
    I have to wear a nine now,
    But used to wear a seven.

    And how about those pantyhose--
    They're sized by weight, you see,
    So how come when I put them on
    The crotch is at my knee?

    I need to wear these glasses
    As the print's been getting smaller;
    And it wasn't very long ago
    I know that I was taller.

    Though my hair has turned to gray
    and my skin no longer fits,
    On the inside, I'm the same old me,
    the outside's changed a bit.

    But, on a positive note...

    I've learned that no matter what
    happens, or how bad it seems
    today, life does go on, and it will be
    better tomorrow.

    I've learned that you can tell a lot
    about a person by the way
    he/she handles these three things:
    a rainy day, lost luggage,
    and tangled Christmas tree lights.

    I've learned that regardless
    of your relationship with your
    parents, you'll miss them when
    they're gone from your life.

    I've learned that making a "living" is
    not the same thing as
    making a "life."

    I've learned that life sometimes gives
    you a second chance.

    I've learned that you shouldn't go
    through life with a catcher's
    mitt on both hands. You need to be
    able to throw something back.

    I've learned that whenever I decide
    something with an open
    heart, I usually make the right

    I've learned that even when I have
    pains, I don't have to be one.

    I've learned that every day you should
    reach out and touch
    someone. People love a warm hug, or
    just a friendly pat on the back.

    I've learned that I still have a lot
    to learn.

    I've learned that people will forget
    what you said, people will
    forget what you did, but people will
    never forget how you made
    them feel.
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  3. by   live4today nice, nightngale 1998! Thanks for sharing that poem.......super thoughts indeed! :kiss
  4. by   nightingale
    And your welcome to a phenomenal woman indeed!
  5. by   Brownms46
    Yes Indeed as she is one of my fav poets! I'm in awe of her mind...and heart..
  6. by   nightingale
    Heh and what about you my dear?

    (((((((((((((BrownMS46))))))))))) Another phenomenal woman!
  7. by   live4today
    Originally posted by nightngale1998
    And your welcome to a phenomenal woman indeed!
    Awwwww shucks! Don't make me blush now. :blushkiss
  8. by   Brownms46
    nightngale I thank you for your kind suggestion...but believe me...I don't even come close. If I ever had the extreme pleasure of meeting Maya Angelou, I would be afraid to open my mouth, as I probably would be babbling...:chuckle! But you my dear lady, are wonderful in your own right...and indeed stand high in my thinking...:kiss
  9. by   nightingale
    Too late! I see the rosey glow Renee!

    Heh.. Brown.. now you are making ME blush!:imbar <--- see?
  10. by   shygirl
    I love the way her voice is as she is reading!
  11. by   aimeee
    Maya Angelou is a PHENOMENAL woman! She is incredible.