Maya Angelou

(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)

Phenomenal Woman - Poem 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
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.

Topic(s) of this poem: beautiful


Comments about Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou

  • James Corro James Corro (5/26/2016 7:10:00 PM)

    It gives power to women. (Report) Reply

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  • Shekher Srivastava (5/26/2016 12:15:00 PM)

    An indepth description of the inner beauty of a woman....read all about in this unique book full of poems...You are Beautiful O'Woman: 7 virtues of a woman...check it on amazon... (Report) Reply

  • Shekher Srivastava (5/26/2016 12:13:00 PM)

    A great and unique in depth description on inner beauty of women with poems that bring out her 7 virtues...You are Beautiful O'Woman: 7 virtues of a woman......amazon.com/ amazon.in...check it out (Report) Reply

  • Soul Watcher Soul Watcher (5/24/2016 5:48:00 AM)

    My favorite poem, thanks for sharing (Report) Reply

  • Leeboto Leeboto (5/21/2016 5:11:00 PM)

    Excelle, soLoveit, loveit. (Report) Reply

  • Jemima Rivas Jemima Rivas (5/20/2016 2:12:00 PM)

    I LOVE this poem I'm a woman
    Phenomenally.
    Phenomenal woman,
    That's me. (Report) Reply

  • Ashraful Haque Tanha (Araria) (5/19/2016 11:03:00 PM)

    RADICAL AND AMAZING. WITHOUT ANY extraordinary words...extraordinary message delivered. (Report) Reply

  • Marijeta Lusa (5/18/2016 8:23:00 PM)

    Lovely! (Report) Reply

  • Ufuoma Komiti (4/25/2016 12:55:00 PM)

    Very outstanding. Very natural. (Report) Reply

  • Ejay 1806 (4/22/2016 11:22:00 PM)

    Take a bow Maya Angelou. Brilliant craftsmanship. (Report) Reply

  • Akshaya Kumar Das Akshaya Kumar Das (4/22/2016 10:41:00 PM)

    A beautiful poem indeed😃 (Report) Reply

  • Teenage Mawuto (4/12/2016 10:13:00 AM)

    boss woman boss poem (Report) Reply

  • Bharati Nayak Bharati Nayak (4/12/2016 7:31:00 AM)

    I am a woman
    A phenomenally
    Phenomenal woman
    That is me'- - - - - That is Maya Angelou- - -A great sense of pride in her words for being a woman- - A beautiful woman where beauty lies not in appearance, but in character- - - - a character built up on foundation of grit and determination where she holds her head high, a spirit not to be mowed down under oppression. (Report) Reply

  • Abhinav Ashish Abhinav Ashish (4/7/2016 2:37:00 AM)

    Best poem ever i read good and thanks for inspiration (Report) Reply

  • Tom Billsborough (4/6/2016 9:53:00 AM)

    I can't say I was impressed by the Caged Bird poem but This is a poem on a much higher plane. Here she doesn't need images. Her terrific personality shines through every line and there is an engaging simplicity of style.
    She was a proud, sexy, and dignified woman and this poem has great force and oozes personality. We all have our likes and dislikes. This one I love. Can we give more than a ten? No? What a shame!
    Tom billsborough (Report) Reply

    Tom Billsborough (4/29/2016 1:15:00 PM)

    Dear Vanessa,
    I understand your point. Phenomenal Woman was written in Maya's maturity and is a wonderfully uplifting poem and an incredible anthem for all women to be confident in themselves. It is a great message. I think my problem was that I read this first and when I came to Cage Bird I was a bit disappointed. Clearly it expresses Maya in her youth and the difficulties she encountered and it is well written. It was the image which gave me reservations. In a sense she is too good a poet to rely too much on the image. Her direct style in Phenomenal Women shows how much power she can generate with plain speaking as she found her mature voice. I've had a few dislikes on Caged bird but I can understand that but I do appreciate she was a very great poet.
    Tom Billsborough

    Vanessa Franco (4/29/2016 12:39:00 PM)

    I rally liked both poems. Both shows that Maya Angelou knew where she was in the world at the time she wrote these poems. I found each different but beautiful, and I have to agree with you. This poem was spectacular and deserved a 10+! !

  • Jane Urhobocha Jane Urhobocha (4/6/2016 1:14:00 AM)

    Beautiful poem indeed from the unforgetable Maya Angelou (Report) Reply

  • Kiran Kukreja (3/27/2016 9:44:00 AM)

    The feminine is a mystery
    Don't believe me, ask history (Report) Reply

  • Dr Tapan Kumar Pradhan (3/24/2016 7:39:00 PM)

    I am deeply moved by this poem. This poem constantly reminds me of my extraordinary relationship with Smt Hemangi S. Pradhan, my dearest wife of many lifetimes. Every woman is unique in herself. My wife is absolutely phenomenal. I love you Hemangi, on this day, as I have loved never before. (Report) Reply

  • V.m.thilagavathy Munuswamy V.m.thilagavathy Munuswamy (3/23/2016 11:56:00 PM)

    Well expressed the beauty of a women. (Report) Reply

  • Korir Issa Korir Issa (3/20/2016 5:02:00 PM)

    I always and will always love reading her masterpieces (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Friday, April 3, 2015


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