Treasure Island

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: Monday, August 18, 2014

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  • Douglas Richmond (9/13/2014 4:04:00 PM)

    Jeez, this is the best poem ever? It's just about a woman being really full of herself, and didn't find the descriptions very emotive or interesting either, just repetitive. (Report) Reply

  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (9/4/2014 4:56:00 AM)

    I really liked, enjoyed the beautiful poem and the subject in particular and its word power and peculiarities of the great poet who is no more. It is beautiful to hear, happy to learn, and understand and I think this is wonderful with so much imaginations and facts as well.The poem is a truth of woman character in particular and it is having such a universal importance and poetic importance that I think with best of emotions to have an opportunity to read it. (Report) Reply

  • Richard Provencher (8/26/2014 9:48:00 AM)

    I really liked the way the words swished about, proudly, exquisitely, and seeking out every corner of life. An interesting journey indeed. (Report) Reply

  • Katherine Shaw (8/4/2014 10:20:00 AM)

    Wow... Pretty sexy stuff. All these women today with fake hair, orange tans and fake lashes...WHY? Why can't they be happy in their own skin? : ( (Report) Reply

  • 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

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