Should Haves…

I was over at Ms Mollie’s place yesterday reading an excellent post on single women and then I stumbled on this poem and had to share:

‘MAYA ANGELOU’S’ BEST POEM EVER

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…

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE …
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 WOMAN SHOULD HAVE …
a past juicy enough that she’s looking forward to
retelling it in her old age….

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE …
a set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra…

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ….
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…

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE …
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…

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
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..

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
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…

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
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…

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9 Responses to “Should Haves…”

  1. LL Says:

    Amen, Sistah!

    But I want to add:

    Every woman should have a gun and Every woman should know how to use it. *grin*

  2. Allison Says:

    I love Phenomenal Woman by Maya too!

    http://www.famouspoetsandpoems.com/poets/maya_angelou/poems/492

  3. Red Says:

    MsAngelou is my absolute favorite, so thank you for posting this.
    And yes, Phenomenal Woman is a have-to read!

  4. K. Trainor Says:

    I’ve always loved this poem, but haven’t run across it for awhile. I keep meaning to memorize it “some day.” Thanks for the great post! 🙂

  5. Wendy Says:

    Wow. What an awesome poem. I’ve never seen it before but it’s my new favorite poem.

  6. Just a Mom Says:

    Great poem.

  7. Peter Parkour Says:

    I don’t really dig on poetry, but I liked it too. It also reminds me of a post I’ve been contemplating writing. Thanks 😉

  8. romi41 Says:

    oh wow…I loved reading this, thanks for posting it! 🙂

  9. betme Says:

    LL ~ Ready and willing… I just passed my CHL tests!

    Allison ~ Thanks for the link. That is a fantastic poem!

    Red ~ This is my first time reading MsAngelou’s writing and I love it.

    K. ~ Memorize it? Holy Cow, my memory is so bad that it reads like new with each reading.

    Wendy ~ I was thinking the same thing, and then I read Phenomenal Woman and think it is my new favorite.

    JAMom ~ Hugs and howdy… glad you like it.

    Peter ~ Aw even the men folk like her work… I need to check in at your blog and see what you are talking about.

    Romi ~ It is a great theme poem for us chickies, don’t ya think?

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