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On her 74th birthday, on Oprah, Maya Angelou said that her breasts were having a race to see which could get to her waist first. This is her poem on aging...


To a Phenomenal Woman
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, it's the outside that'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 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 decision.

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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