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
Edited: Friday, December 26, 2014

Topic of this poem: beautiful

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  • Rookie - 58 Points Rajeev Moothedath (3/16/2015 7:17:00 AM)

    Loved the poem and also its rendition-Beautiful! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 19 Points Ahmet Temur (3/14/2015 7:35:00 AM)

    A phenomenal poem by a phenomenal poet. Her confidencemen. (Report) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Jim Dilger (3/9/2015 1:25:00 PM)

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  • Veteran Poet - 1,112 Points Roy Allen (3/9/2015 9:31:00 AM)

    Great poetry portraying the power of womanhood (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 11,775 Points Kim Barney (3/8/2015 2:42:00 PM)

    A phenomenal poem by a phenomenal poet. Her confidence really shows in this one. Fittingly chosen as Poem of the Day, since I just learned this morning that today is International Day of Women. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 39,733 Points Aftab Alam Khursheed (3/8/2015 9:37:00 AM)

    love this poem and the spirit of Maya Angelou her outburst is just for humanity that valued life (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 162 Points Daniela Mercelina (3/3/2015 5:50:00 PM)

    Such a powerful poem Love it! ! ! !
    It got me thinking on my mom and grandma #My phenomenal womans (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 9 Points Asipau Pamela Mcmoore Plouffe (3/2/2015 1:18:00 AM)

    Maya fully grasped the meaning of a BEAUTIFUL WOMAN. It's that mature woman, aged as fine wine, by living life to the full. I can't help but see this poem as a self portrait, if I may, of Maya Angelou, the Phenomenal Woman. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 23 Points Mike Hammer (2/26/2015 7:14:00 AM)

    Good (Report) Reply

  • Rookie IAm Tajera (2/20/2015 9:31:00 AM)

    I think what this is basically trying to say is that people go with how you act. So if you dont respect yourself people wont respect you. But if you do respect yourself then you will be shown a whole new level of respect towards you. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie shekemi Johnson (2/14/2015 11:08:00 PM)

    This is for all authentic women. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Abdulghany Barakat (2/13/2015 2:31:00 AM)

    Coooool (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Giant Medieval Sword (2/10/2015 9:59:00 PM)

    This poem gave me Ebola (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 228 Points Rajesh Narayanan (2/4/2015 2:42:00 PM)

    Loved ir (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 37 Points Swagger Mcjagger (1/30/2015 11:45:00 AM)

    This poem gave me aids Already Reported Reply

    Bronze Star - 2,034 Points Soul Watcher (3/17/2015 9:03:00 AM)

    You're right.. It's really nice.

  • Gold Star - 5,504 Points Luo Zhihai (1/18/2015 2:19:00 PM)

    The stride of my step,
    The curl of my lips.

    So pretty! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ashley Green (1/15/2015 5:38:00 AM)

    Her words are so wooing.. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 112 Points Sergio Savioli (1/14/2015 3:49:00 AM)

    Nothing if not swaggeringly self confident. Is it just me or can I hear a waterfall of tears too? Maybe not. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 112 Points Sergio Savioli (1/14/2015 3:44:00 AM)

    Nothing if not swaggeringly self confident!
    Or is it?
    Do I also hear a waterfall of tears? (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 4 Points reiona stallworth (1/14/2015 12:43:00 AM)

    This is a fabulous poem (Report) Reply

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