Phenomenal Woman – Maya Angelou

9 Jun

Maya Angelou is a woman close to my heart. I still remember being a child and picking one of her poetry books off of my mother’s shelf (it had a striking cover that attracted me instantly) I also connected to her memoirs, specifically Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now and Even the Stars Look Lonesome. Even so, the poem that stuck with me the most is 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.

Is there any poetry you particularly enjoy? Let me know in the comments.

xoxo,

Tara

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2 Responses to “Phenomenal Woman – Maya Angelou”

  1. lucita February 6, 2011 at 4:06 pm #

    I love that woman too!! she’s great and so strong!!

    • Tara Melissa March 31, 2011 at 3:53 pm #

      She’s amazing, isn’t she? Thanks for commenting! 🙂

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