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Phenomenal Woman

Jan 08, 2010 - 5 comments

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 of 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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by smr08, Jan 08, 2010
Totally Awesome! I love it!

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by pooket825, Jan 08, 2010
I love it awesome

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by Preciouspg, Jan 08, 2010
Thanks for sharing:)  This is definately the true definition of a Phenomenal Woman!

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by szw2008, Jan 08, 2010
I had to do a lengthy report on this in one of my college literature courses. It is a truly amazing poem. My favorite poem ever actually.

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by k10road, Jan 08, 2010
Yea...I remember this from high school....we had to read a lot of her stuff.  She's awesome, and this poem is just amazing!

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