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.


Comments about Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou

  • Rookie Dikshita Medhi (4/25/2015 3:41:00 PM)

    One my favourite poems... (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 251 Points Melissa Tamayo (4/21/2015 9:00:00 PM)

    Lovely poem! Intriguing indeed.. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Nancy Arbuthnot (4/20/2015 7:39:00 PM)

    I like it. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 91 Points Tandin Wangchuk (4/16/2015 8:39:00 AM)

    life's greatest blessing is the beauty of art or literature like this poem. i see her within the poem (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 70 Points Azad Bongobasi (4/16/2015 4:13:00 AM)

    good poem (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 160 Points Sarah Lou Smith (4/11/2015 9:11:00 AM)

    Thankyou x (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 829 Points Panmelys Panmelys Leschevin D'ere (3/28/2015 8:27:00 AM)

    Wow what a woman! Bravo, that's something to remember, I just read about forgetfullness, and can't retain a single line, but yours is truly PHENOMENAL in all its many senses, colors, sounds of clicking heals, proud rise of head, all women should be able to read this poem...even the most beautiful... it'll make them even more beautiful inside. All men too, so that they'll take a second look at what lies behind the body and mind of such a phenomene called WOMAN...Panmelys (Report) Reply

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

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

  • Rookie - 24 Points Ahmet Temur (3/14/2015 7:35:00 AM)

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

  • Rookie - 5 Points Jim Dilger (3/9/2015 1:25:00 PM)

    This. is. a. poem! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,323 Points Roy Allen (3/9/2015 9:31:00 AM)

    Great poetry portraying the power of womanhood (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 13,663 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

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Friday, April 3, 2015


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