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 - 318 Points Mo Masedi (7/18/2015 9:50:00 AM)

    The Poem and Poet are simply Phenomenal. You can't but fall in love Ms. Angelou's poetics. (Report) Reply

    Rookie - 0 Points Ghina Albiek (7/26/2015 6:55:00 PM)

    I totally agree!

    6 person liked.
    1 person did not like.
  • Freshman - 721 Points Briony Nicholls (7/9/2015 6:33:00 AM)

    Why do feminist poems that exalt women make me want to cringe? I can't say I liked this poem. The discomfort of pedestals is what strongly comes to mind here. (Report) Reply

    Freshman - 738 Points Stephen W (7/22/2015 6:15:00 PM)

    Disgusting remark by Mo Masedi.

    Rookie - 318 Points Mo Masedi (7/18/2015 9:54:00 AM)

    Something could be wrong with you Briony and you may want to fix it to enjoy Ms. Angelou and other Feminists' poetry.

  • Rookie Shirley Smith (7/6/2015 6:32:00 PM)

    Test (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 78 Points Anna Mccabe (6/29/2015 4:27:00 PM)

    This is beautiful and holds a powerful message. If anyone has time please read and review a poem of mine! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Owen Flibberto (6/25/2015 6:41:00 AM)

    This poem made me barf rainbows in my pants, it was awesome (Report) Reply

    Rookie - 0 Points Scar Belly (7/29/2015 6:29:00 AM)

    Wow! What a remarkable comment. I'm not quite sure what it means, but it is remarkable nonetheless. It mmade me laugh. I mean, Really Laugh, which is something I haven't done in a long time. Thank you.

    Rookie - 0 Points Scar Belly (7/29/2015 4:15:00 AM)

    Wow! What a remarkable comment. I'm not quite sure what it means, but it's remarkable nonetheless. It It made me laugh. I mean, truly laugh, which is something I haven't done in a long time. Thank you.

  • Rookie - 114 Points Kerrie Smith (6/22/2015 10:24:00 AM)

    I absolutely loved this poem (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,053 Points Thabani Khumalo (6/16/2015 8:44:00 AM)

    I have a vision to write like this, only if god would bless me enough to. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 6 Points Martabels Oirotsuc (6/15/2015 11:58:00 PM)

    one of the best poems i have read so far! it makes me proud. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Vinini Calmer (6/12/2015 3:28:00 AM)

    Reading down more depth I become with her (Report) Reply

  • Rookie vivek parasar (6/11/2015 11:10:00 PM)

    Beautifully put (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 80 Points Gaurangi Vyas (6/11/2015 7:21:00 AM)

    it just had to be perfect. phenomenal woman. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,379 Points Phanice Wamukota (6/7/2015 4:45:00 AM)

    It just had to be Maya. Beautiful. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Ann May (6/6/2015 4:36:00 PM)

    My favorite poem of all times! I haven't been that much inspired by a poem in my entire life. It is what I start my day with, it is my mantra. And I love going to sleep while listening to Maya's soothing and comforting voice while reading this phenomenal piece of art. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 16 Points Harshavardhan K (6/6/2015 1:12:00 PM)

    Phenomenally phenomenal. Wonderful. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 80 Points Ekta Sharma (6/2/2015 8:55:00 PM)

    Really nice... i can feel the picture of a fully matured lady and a true beauty... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 213 Points Sleeping Beauty Still Alive (6/1/2015 11:59:00 PM)

    it actually made me feel the woman behind those lyrics.... That proud brunette lady.... Love it. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,001 Points Daisy Pereira (5/29/2015 12:48:00 PM)

    every woman who feels & thinks that she is an integral part of this earth and proud of that feeling, is capable of experiencing that she is a phenomenal woman! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Gaye Sevval Çetin (5/26/2015 1:07:00 PM)

    Its phenomenally phenomall (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 648 Points Funkekeme Akposeye (5/26/2015 12:23:00 PM)

    amazing (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 5,681 Points Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (5/23/2015 5:45:00 PM)

    Phenomenal and powerful poem! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Friday, April 3, 2015


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