Maya Angelou is one of the most influential women of our time. Her writing pulls on the hearts of many readers. In addition to her proliferous writing career, Maya Angelou has been a civil rights activist. This poem shows how even though someone is not beautiful on the outside compared to society’s standards, there is an inner beauty that makes a woman even more beautiful. While I don’t know if Maya knew of Hildegard or not, I think this section of her poem fits well with the image that I have of Saint Hildegard. I hope you think so too.
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 womanPhenomenally.
You can find more books and poems by Maya Angelou, and if you want to read the rest of this poem, here is the Random House link to purchase it.
Saint Hildegard is venerated around the world for her widely recognized impact on today’s theologians, artists, musicians, the medical profession, and educators. The film is an homage to her, but is also a call to all of us, to listen, to still ourselves and to heed the call of our souls and whatever unruly messages exist within. The filmmaker, Michael M. Conti, traveled internationally to capture many of the stories you will see in this beautifully visual, memorable and inspiring film. The film, The Unruly Mystic: Saint Hildegard, evokes a calling: that sweet spot of creativity that we all yearn to discover and utilize, an inherent desire, which is also deeply spiritual in nature.