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#1 kate.com

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    Posted 16 February 2010 - 02:19 PM

    A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ...

    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 WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ..

    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 WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ..

    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 WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ..

    a feeling of control over her destiny...
    how to fall in love without losing herself...



    EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...

    how to quit a job,
    break up with a lover,
    and confront a friend without;
    ruining the friendship....


    EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW....

    when to try harder... and WHEN TO WALK AWAY...



    EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...

    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...



    EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...

    what she would and wouldn't do for love or more...
    how to live alone... even if she doesn't like it...



    EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW.. .

    whom she can trust,
    whom she can't,
    and why she shouldn't take it personally...



    EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...

    where to go.......
    be it to her best friend's kitchen table..
    or a charming Inn in the woods...
    when her soul needs soothing...



    EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...

    What she can and can't accomplish in a day...
    a month...and a year...



    ~ Love.

    #2 Mischaka

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      Posted 16 February 2010 - 02:35 PM

      beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!

      #3 march132010

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        Posted 16 February 2010 - 02:40 PM

        That is great!!! Thanks for Posting

        #4 carolina24

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          Posted 16 February 2010 - 02:43 PM

          that's great, I'm fowarding it to all the great women in my life. thanks!!

          #5 Kelitaw

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            Posted 16 February 2010 - 02:46 PM

            that is a great one...another favorite of mine is Phenomenal Woman

            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
            Phenomenally.
            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
            Phenomenally.
            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

            Phenomenally.
            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 of my care,
            'Cause I'm a woman
            Phenomenally.
            Phenomenal woman,
            That's me.

            Maya Angelou

            #6 mrs.timpone

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              Posted 09 March 2010 - 11:06 AM

              wow wow wow i am in tears right now! god my hormones are going crazy today!

              Thank you for posting this ladies. I am going to print these out and hold on to them until I have a daughter. Very powerful.

              #7 AishaB

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                Posted 09 March 2010 - 11:09 AM

                Deep! Can always rely on Maya to tell you!
                BDW the best place for my TYPE A personality!

                #8 Sax Lady

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                  Posted 09 March 2010 - 11:28 AM

                  great poems. needed this before i start work.

                  #9 *Karla*

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                    Posted 09 March 2010 - 04:17 PM

                    Love Maya Angelou, thanks for posting these! I hadn't read them in a while.

                    #10 Birdie07

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                      Posted 09 March 2010 - 05:18 PM

                      Great poem but it was not written by Maya Angelou....

                      What Every Woman Should Have

                      Pamela Redmond Satran: I Wrote Maya Angelou's Best Poem Ever

                      I feel bad this woman doesn't get the credit. As an author I would be a little peeved too. Haha. Every time I get this in my inbox I reply to all and add the real story.




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