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 the 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’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 you can tell a lot about
a person by the way he/she handles these three things:
a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.
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
even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. 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.