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Categories: Women's History Month

Women’s History Month – Maya Angelou and Phenomenal Woman

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
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 of my care,
‘Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

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  • Maya is such an inspiration to all women! What a great way to remember her!

  • I've always been a great fan of Maya, her words will always resonate with me and I'll be sharing her with my own daughters.

  • I'm excited for Women's month. I feel we go through so much as women and still have to put on a brave face and do what is expected. Maya Angelou is a talented Poet who has left a collections of not only words put experience behind

  • I always admired Maya Angelou, this poem especially. She was definitely an inspiration to many.

  • LOVE LOVE LOVE this poem. What a great one. Especially liked you reading it aloud, with such animation and tempo!

  • This is such a powerful poem and one of my favorites! Thank you for sharing and gifting me a much needed reminder today!

  • She was a phenomenal woman. Love that she encouraged us to embrace our phenomenal too. :)

  • I was raised on the poems of the great Maya Angelou.

  • That is one of my all time favorite poems! I love it!

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