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Wonderful Words -Phenomenal Women

Wonderful Wednesday – it is wonderful to know your place in the universe, and mine is phenomenal!

In today’s edition of Wonderful Wednesday – Wonderful Words from Others I am sharing Maya Angelou’s “Phenomenal Woman.”

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.

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.

Look back at the words! When I read them my  head lifts with pride, my shoulders pull back and my chest sticks out. I feel special and important. As I read the words whether aloud or silently, I feel the phenomenon that is me! I feel like a phenomenal woman. I see my body and appreciate its lines and curves. I picture the reaction and hushed whispers and looks of admiration when I walk into a room. I agree that when I pass people should be proud to see me, just as I am, because I am a phenomenal woman.

Every person should have a positive self image. There is something powerful and enlightening about having a good self image. When I am around people who stand up straight and think they are wonderful, it is encouraging and empowering and I like it! Appropriate self pride is contagious. When I get all dolled up and start strutting my stuff, my twin daughters get excited and start to prance around. They feel pretty and special. They catch my phenomenon!

Sometimes people need a little spark to light the ember of good self image. For any woman, this Maya Angelou poem can spark a great attitude and self confidence. So the question for you this Wonderful Wednesday is what sparks the phenomenal woman attitude in you?

Add a link to your favorite post about phenomenal women.


Janeane Davis

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  • Happy #FlashbackFriday Janeane! I love that you are sharing Maya Angelo's poem. It is always inspiring. Thanks!

  • I am glad this was a help to you. I believe we should all have things that inspire us, touch us and encourage us. We must learn to be like the President and never let them see us sweat, Of course we sweat, but we have to keep it in check and keep going.

    I hope you have a great day and remember you are a great catch, I mean a great Tykee!

  • Woah! This blew my mind! I mean, I like the Maya Angelou poem, but lol it wasn't REALLY directed towards. However, I still took away from it, the sense of self-pride and how important it is the love yourself in a humble way.

    The person that inspires my self-image is Barack Obama. Just how at anytime everything could be negative or things COULD go wrong in the white house or something like that, you'll never tell by looking at him (besides the gray hairs). I feel more confident in myself when I see him giving a speech or a picture of him hanging out with people on the campaign trail.

    Thank you! This will really help me start my day!
    I love you!!

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