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Women’s History Month and “Phenomenal Woman” by Maya Angelou

Throughout the month of March, people all over the United States celebrate Women’s History Month. Everyone at Janeane’s World is joining the celebration. To kick things off I am sharing one of my favorite poems – “Phenomenal Woman” by Maya Angelou. This poem is something that all women should have in their pockets. It is important to keep a copy of this poem around to read to yourself, to pump yourself up when you are having a bad day, a hard day or feel not good enough. It is important to remember that you are as Ms. Angelou states, “a woman, phenomenally, phenomenal woman.”

Read the poem to yourself. Then read it while looking at yourself in the mirror. Feel the words roll around your mouth and slip through your teeth. Remember always that you are a phenomenal woman. Celebrate that. Thank God for that. Enjoy that. Never let anyone downplay the phenomenal woman that is you!

Here is my interpretation of the poem. Record one of your own and share it with me at janeanedavis@janeanesworld.com .

 

Phenomenal Woman

by 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
Phenomenally.
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
Phenomenally.
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
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Janeane Davis

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