Sep 17, 2011

A Woman Should Have by Maya Angelou



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 its 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…

8 comments:

Amanda ~ Blue LaReve said...

Thank you for sharing this! I'm going to write it down for my daughters. Wish I had known a few of these when I was younger.

the wild magnolia said...

Yes Ma'am.

Linda said...

It just really touched me tonight and wanted to share it with you...I love Maya Angelou!!

Glad you enjoyed it :)

Linda said...

and I agree ...I wish I had known a few in my younger years too...I like your idea of sharing it with your daughters... :)

Vintage Green said...

All good advice!!!

Steph said...

Thank you!

Bohemian said...

Amen!!!

Thank you for stopping by, glad you enjoyed the Post, yes, one can definitely lose one's self in that delightful Shop each month so its probably fortunate they are only open for the 4 day occassional Sales! *Winks* It makes it that much more filled with anticipation as well! Next Month's Theme will be FRENCH!! *OOO La La!!!* I can hardly wait! *Smiles*

BTW I once lived in Maine as a small child in a town called Bangor... I have some sweet Memories of that time, the one room Schoolhouse I attended and the great neighbors we had.

Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

Anonymous said...

According to this woman, the poem is being erroneously credited to Maya Angelou. Just thought you'd want to know.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/pamela-redmond-satran/i-wrote-maya-angelous-bes_b_56824.html

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