Wednesday, June 13, 2012

What every woman should have and know -- according to Maya Angelou

Early this morning, someone sent me this poem by Maya Angelou. Frankly, I don't usually read things like this as I'm not at all the sentimental type; neither am I one to think about the difficulties of being a woman simply because of gender or because some man has double-crossed her -- fortunately, that's not happened so I don't have much to write poetry about.

However I do sympathize with many women who feel this way, even if I can't really relate to the unique problems of being a woman. Men and women are the same to me, and IMHO there's really no such thing as women's issues or problems vis-a-vis men's issues. There's only the issues of human beings as people. Scroll down for the poem...

But it's a nice poem to read and think about. And when I actually read it, I realized I had or knew almost everything written here. Yes, I have the screwdrivers, the good furniture and the dinnerware set for eight. I also do know when to try harder and when to walk away. And so on. So I thought I'd reprint this poem on our blog.


... enough money within her control to move out and rent a place of her own, even if she never wants to or needs to.
... something perfect to wear if the employer or date of her dreams wants to see her in an hour.
... a youth she's content to leave behind.
... a past juicy enough that she's looking forward to retelling it in her old age.
... a set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra.
... one friend who always makes her laugh and one who lets her cry.
... a good piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in her family
... eight matching plates, wine glasses with stems, and a recipe for a meal that will make her guests feel honored.
... a feeling of control over her destiny.


... how to fall in love without losing herself.
... how to quit a job, break up with a lover and confront a friend without ruining the friendship.
... when to try harder, and when to walk away.
... that she can't change the length of her calves, the width of her hips, or the nature of her parents.
... that her childhood may not have been perfect, but it's over.
... what she would and wouldn't do for love or more.
... how to live alone, even if she doesn't like it.
... whom she can trust, whom she can't, and why she shouldn't take it personally.
... where to go when her soul needs soothing: be it to her best friend's kitchen table or a charming inn in the woods.
... what she can and can't accomplish in a day, a month, and a year.


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