Maya Angelou

(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)

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.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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  • Ruth Walters (7/20/2014 6:20:00 AM)

    Wow! ..................................................................................................what a woman! (Report) Reply

  • Samaa Ahmed (6/30/2014 7:42:00 AM)

    powerfull msg lies inside these amazing words.. combined with strangly inner confidence (Report) Reply

  • Hebert Logerie Sr. (5/31/2014 4:16:00 AM)

    Maya, L’oiseau en Cage, s’est Envolée

    Le bel oiseau fier,
    En cage, qui chantait si bien hier,
    S’est envolé.
    L’écrivain, qui écrivait en beauté,
    Avec une finesse phénoménale
    Et une distinction magistrale,
    Est parti vers l’au-delà.
    C’était une belle Négresse,
    Une célèbre Poétesse.
    Elle a franchi le voile parsemé,
    Ça et là,
    D’un parfum éthéré.
    Le monde entier est choqué,
    Le monde est attristé,
    Par cette fuite, par ce départ.
    Maya Angelou était une héroïne,
    Qui partageait son esprit et ses parts,
    Avec des étrangers, copains et copines.
    Elle sera désormais manquée pour son style,
    Sa fierté, son intelligence, sa patience, ses avis,
    Sa persévérance, sa bravoure, sa compréhension,
    Ses opinions, sa littérature, ses façons,
    Sa sagesse, son amour et sa bonté.
    Dans mon cœur, elle a une place réservée.

    Copyright© 28 Mai, 2014 Logerie Hébert, All Rights Reserved
    Hebert Logerie est l’auteur de plusieurs recueils de poèmes. (Report) Reply

  • Hebert Logerie Sr. (5/30/2014 5:50:00 PM)

    Maya, You are now a Free Bird

    African Queen, Afro-American Queen,
    American Queen, Black Queen,
    You are now free, you have escaped,
    You are now crowned, phenomenally draped,
    And beautifully coiffed as a famous Poet,
    Great Lecturer, Mother, Lover, Activist,
    Fighter, Doctor, Nurturer, Philanthropist,
    Philosopher, Engineer of rhymes, and Architect
    Of simple, complicated and powerful words,
    Those are as sharp as our ancestors’ swords.

    You had everything that an amazing woman
    Wanted to possess: pride, confidence, elegance,
    Style, bravery, wit, intelligence, humility and patience.
    You inspired kings, queens, intellectuals and laymen.
    You were, without a doubt, a phenomenal woman,
    A special woman that men and women admired.
    You feared nobody: the racist, the confused, and the liar.
    You feared nothing: weather, water, sand, soil and fire.
    However, you loved everybody: the sick, the weak, and the tired;
    The poor, the homeless, the brave, and the strong.
    Maya, you are now a free bird, please sing the song.
    You have opened the cage, like a bird, you are now free.
    Spread your wings to shower the world with wisdom,
    Love, passion, comprehension, tolerance and liberty.
    Hum again and sing again the beautiful song of freedom.
    African Queen, Afro-American Queen,
    American Queen, Black Queen,
    You have left a phenomenal legacy,
    You will be remembered until eternity.

    Copyright© May 28,2014 Logerie Hébert, All Rights Reserved (Report) Reply

    Ricardo Thripp (7/26/2014 10:00:00 PM)

    Stop worshiping State eugenicists!

    Richard Thripp (6/15/2014 12:04:00 AM)

    Remove this abomination!

  • Ronell Warren Alman (5/29/2014 12:49:00 PM)

    Your legacy will live on forever Dr. Angelou. You are forever a Phenomenal Woman! (Report) Reply

    Richard Thripp (6/3/2014 11:20:00 AM)

    Are you referring to her late-term abortion/black genocide legacy?

  • Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (5/29/2014 9:56:00 AM)

    You came to sing the song of universal love
    And the world still need you dear Angelou
    Black or white, yellow or suntanned brown
    Let no man push or put a another one down
    For a difference that just a little skin deep
    With racist attitudes that make heavens weep
    And remember that God of one is God of all
    Who made us so that we never need to fall
    Or bend, or cringe or buckle to a another's call
    But as equals hold hands and stand broad and tall............

    The world has lost a pearl among poets. She will inspire future generations not only with her poetry but even with her life story that shows we can indeed be masters of our destinies if we really want to. I invite all of you reading this to my poetry page too........... (Report) Reply

  • Laurie Coleman (5/29/2014 1:23:00 AM)

    I love the PHENOMENAL Maya. My heart breaks that we have lost her from among us. She was one of the most brilliant, eloquent and brave women we have ever been blessed to have with us on Earth to speak to our generation. She was one of my favorite authors, and my favorite poet of this and the last century. She spoke with wisdom, wit, sorrow, and joy; many times all within the same piece. She spoke to my heart. I know she usually spoke as a black woman to encourage black women, but her words transcend race, speaking universally, to the human condition to the heart. She was a universal mother, a Wisewoman; she was revered, in much the same way that Mother Teresa was. To say she will be missed is an understatement. I felt I knew you, Maya Angelou, and I loved you. May the next part of your journey with God be even more awesome than the amazing legacy you have left for us here! ! ! Now...as for this site...someone needs to remove this HORRIBLE SLANDEROUS LYING TROLL, Richard Thripp, that is denouncing her, while people are grieving and mourning for her I think her poem, Still I Rise is particularly apropos, speaking directly to people like him. He's clearly an ignorant racist. (Report) Reply

    Ravyn M. (7/29/2014 6:26:00 PM)

    Exactly! Thank you Laurie Coleman. And Richard Thripp why must you refer to the African American community to Negros! That is a derogatory term used against African Americans which sadly still lingers today in present times, and I find it insulting beyond measures. I also infer that you know exactly what the word was used for and its negative history behind it, because from what i can see you do your research on Maya and seem a tad bit obssessed! You persist on commenting your negative, RACIST, opinions on innocent people's reviews of this amazing poem and this amazing woman. And i feel that you are in deed a RACIST because you used the derogatory term known for African Americans and show no remorse- Also directed to Stephen W.- And don't get me wrong, you are not hated by me because you aren't supposed to hate anyone, but I pray for you and pray that God leads you to the right way of thinking because the things you've shared are wrong.By the way I am a child of a biracial couple, my mother is Caucasian and father African American, not negro.God created us in his image.Oh, and Richard Thripp the only ABOMINATION that you state is the cruelness and negativity of your words and action. I hope you understand where I come from Mr.Richard Tripp. God Bless.

    Ravyn M. (7/29/2014 6:26:00 PM)

    Exactly! Thank you Laurie Coleman. And Richard Thripp why must you refer to the African American community to Negros! That is a derogatory term used against African Americans which sadly still lingers today in present times, and I find it insulting beyond measures. I also infer that you know exactly what the word was used for and its negative history behind it, because from what i can see you do your research on Maya and seem a tad bit obssessed! You persist on commenting your negative, RACIST, opinions on innocent people's reviews of this amazing poem and this amazing woman. And i feel that you are in deed a RACIST because you used the derogatory term known for African Americans and show no remorse- Also directed to Stephen W.- And don't get me wrong, you are not hated by me because you aren't supposed to hate anyone, but I pray for you and pray that God leads you to the right way of thinking because the things you've shared are wrong.By the way I am a child of a biracial couple, my mother is Caucasian and father African American, not negro.God created us in his image.Oh, and Richard Thripp the only ABOMINATION that you state is the cruelness and negativity of your words and action. I hope you understand where I come from Mr.Richard Tripp. God Bless.

    Stephen W (6/23/2014 7:59:00 PM)

    calling for people to be purged...speaks for itself. Thripp is a strange man, but I don't see why you accuse him of being a racist.

    Richard Thripp (5/31/2014 1:27:00 AM)

    To eulogize Maya Angelou is to agree with her pro-negro genocide position. In 2010, with one speech, Maya Angelou praised Magaret Sanger's Planned Parenthood and raised $300,000 for their chapter in San Antonio. Planned Parenthood murders 1,400 negro children daily.

  • Richard John (5/28/2014 5:26:00 PM)

    Rest in Peace Maya Angelou. This is one of the poems that inspired me to write and I would aspire always to be like the phenomenal human being that you will always be. (Report) Reply

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