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Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou

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.
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. 

Maya Angelou
 

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Naomi Buote More than 1 year ago
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.
Naomi Buote More than 1 year ago
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.
Naomi Buote More than 1 year ago
so inspirational to women: real attraction comes from knowing who you are and having a lot of self confidence and a positive attitude
Naomi Buote More than 1 year ago
Not by me but so wonderful I just had to share
Naomi Buote More than 1 year ago
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.
Naomi Buote More than 1 year ago
Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
Naomi Buote More than 1 year ago
a must read for all the women out there......and the men who wonder
Naomi Buote More than 1 year ago
read this to be inspired
Naomi Buote More than 1 year ago
Maya Angelou, so amazing, so much talent. I wanted to share one of my favourite poems with you. I can do tha,t can't I?
Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou, by Naomi Buote 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Joyce Pinch More than 1 year ago
Just reading this the other day..... When reading, it is her voice i hear...... with crystal clarity...............
April Wilson More than 1 year ago
Not every girl has to be a size two. The heart is what makes a women a women.
yvonne sensing More than 1 year ago
thank you for posting
Naomi Buote More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite poems
tony right More than 1 year ago
a tribute to women...
Chen Biton More than 1 year ago
I like the beat of the poem and the powerful yet fun feeling power of a woman evoked in this poem:-) 
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