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,
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  • Rookie Popeye The Sailor (6/13/2013 10:52:00 AM)

    glad to read a truly enjoyable piece.. hoping to see more of ur work.... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 9 Points Olta Qejvani (6/12/2013 1:20:00 PM)

    I am glad and feel privileged that this poem has found me reading it yesterday. Every woman in this world should say aloud the world PHENOMENAL........ (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 54 Points Misbahuddin Syed (6/11/2013 6:22:00 AM)

    Madam, I am a new poet and I'm only fifteen years old.
    I want you to read my poems and comment.
    THIS IS A REQUEST
    Thank you. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Shantik Tillman (6/8/2013 6:20:00 PM)

    you are a Phenomenal woman always will be i admire you and you inspired me and alot people
    all your poems are wonderful and unique! ! ! you are my favorite poet! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Jacqueline Burton (6/5/2013 10:07:00 AM)

    Fabulous poem, Every women should read this poem (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 51 Points Oscar Robles (6/4/2013 3:27:00 PM)

    Simply Beautiful! ! ! Ms. Angelou. You are more than an inspiration to me that words cannot express. It would be more than an Honor for you to read my writings and comment, whether good or bad, as I've always said to myself, nothing is bad worth writing down and sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Earlene Yemima (5/25/2013 2:15:00 PM)

    feminism who fights against racism.
    this heart totally goes to you, Dr. Maya Angelou :) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Earlene Yemima (5/25/2013 2:15:00 PM)

    feminism who fights against racism.
    this heart totally goes to you, Dr. Maya Angelou :) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ron Jakubiec (5/21/2013 6:44:00 AM)

    Great Poem, thank you. I feel this Poem fits life as I have seen it. There are powerful and phenomenal women within our presence and this Poem helps describes, to some extent, the seeds of power. I am a man. I ask of other men: Have you not met a women who takes your breath away? And you may wonder why, well this Poem may help understand why. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Paul Christensen (5/20/2013 3:29:00 PM)

    Love the poem. But, unfortunately, I note that it still contains vestiges of patriarchy. Three of the four stanzas refer to the impression that she makes on men. As if she, as a woman, were to derive her value from men. Hence, the reliance on men works at cross purposes to the moral of the poem, that a woman's value comes from within. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 27,319 Points Gajanan Mishra (5/18/2013 7:59:00 PM)

    As dark as the sun, congratulation. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Friedchickennisha Turner (5/17/2013 1:19:00 PM)

    wazzzaammmmmm? im booling mw? my youngins.... ilove Maya Angelou, i be tuning up to her poems, ayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyye get at me.. ILOVE YOU MAYA Angelou... SIKE jp i gotchooooo hahahhahah, lol im really do love yaaa Maya! [3 :) keep doing the good work & trust in GOD! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Lexia Jacob (5/15/2013 4:10:00 AM)

    wooww pretty good lines... I really loved reading your poem (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Barack Obama (5/14/2013 7:26:00 AM)

    niggas i love this song (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Pckdragon Anonymous (5/12/2013 4:19:00 AM)

    swag yolo or yolo swag? amyways heres a poems i found: and i dont know why but you poems people take this website too seriously...


    Poop

    poop is such a relief to do
    getting rid of all the crap in you

    food in your mouth
    shit out your south
    the cycle relentessly continue

    whether many or a few
    turds in you
    eject easily or slowly drag thru

    daily it's the same
    as your bowels proclaim
    'once again the shit is due! '

    this poem isn't profound
    about that lovely brown mound
    some in fact will think it crap
    and i humbly agree
    with all that's bottled up
    inside me (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 5 Points Jackie Osae (5/7/2013 7:33:00 PM)

    Only a phenomenal woman can write such a phenomenal poem. I love this! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Kacie Sherman (5/7/2013 9:24:00 AM)

    I love this poem... this was the poem that saved my sisters life when she almost committed suicide. I owe my sisters life to the Phenomenal woman who wrote this.

    #TEAM ADAM [333 (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 93 Points Meshack Bankole (5/7/2013 5:54:00 AM)

    Superb, Maya! Nothing is as beautiful as a beauty that knows its naturality! Just as you are, so be... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Joeline Rayment (5/6/2013 2:02:00 AM)

    While there appears a great plethora of individual responses in this comment section lol I suppose it just highlights the truth of Maya's poem.
    when woman who is woman and who knows that she is woman, put forth her self belief, people cannot help but feel the urge to communicate and respond.
    For the essence of a Woman is to be a woman. and the essence of a man is to be a man, and the essence of a commenter...... is to comment: D (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Seon King (4/29/2013 7:52:00 AM)

    whAoo amazing............................................................... (Report) Reply



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