Friday, April 3, 2009

Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou

My second installment for Poetry Month. Love this beautiful poem by Maya Angelou. I dedicate it to all the of phenomenal women in my life - near and far... family... both "in person" friends and those I've met in this wonderful cyber world. Enjoy!

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 - phenomenally.
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 of my care,
'Cause I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.


laura said...

Love it!!

Columbo said...

I love her poems. Nice choice.

Donna-FFW said...

Perfect poem.. excuse me while I show it to my husband and tell him how lucky he is:)

Patty said...

I just love this one. Everyman should read it.

Rebekah said...

This is one of my favorite poems. It's such a strong poem! I really love her stuff. If you get a chance to read her essays, they are lovely also.

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