Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou

Posted: May 30, 2014 in Uncategorized
Being 22yrs old and reading ‘ I know why the Caged Bird Sings’ changed me. Dr.Maya Angelou was indeed a phenomenal woman. May her soul rest in eternal peace. 
Maya Angelou
“Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
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 woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,
They say they still can’t see.
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing,
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need for my care.
’Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.”
Dr. Maya Angelou , April 4th 1928 – May 28th 2014
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  1. allskyedout says:

    I love this Poem by Maya Angelou. Thank you for sharing it.
    Dana Guidera
    Author of Seven Poems from Life

  2. Jenn says:

    No other woman could have said it better. She is and will forever be a “Phenomenal” Woman.
    Thank you for this article. Sometimes us women need a reminder of who we really are.

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