Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou

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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4 thoughts on “Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou”

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

  2. 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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