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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  • Ashley Woods (12/6/2011 6:31:00 PM)

    To the below comment, this IS an amazing poem. Maya Angelou endured many many hardships in her life, and she is a wonderful poet. She is not bragging, she is confident in herself as a woman, just like every other woman should be.

    '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.'

    How wonderful that she finds joy in herself and believes herself to be a phenomenal woman, and her poem is number one on this website... that's pretty amazing... Phenomenal, if you may. :) (Report) Reply

  • MC Leon (9/22/2011 11:15:00 AM)

    Amazing poem, ' Phenomenally.Phenomenal woman, That's me.'
    I truly feel this poem describes women and the power of simple things we do, things that can change the world regardless of physical appearance. I feel this poem is related to my life for model like figure is far from who i am but yet i still possess POWER.
    Touching words...great poem. (Report) Reply

  • Penyair Ungu (8/27/2011 8:10:00 AM)

    woow...
    so phenomenal ;)
    is this Maya Angelou, that Maya Angelou? ? the famous one? ?
    so cool.... (Report) Reply

  • Rugyinsun Alwayslearns (8/23/2011 7:09:00 PM)

    Hhmm... So many people say that woman is the interested creature, the beautiful one, and also the noble one because she is a mother. A man? Where is he? (Report) Reply

  • Rahman Henry (8/13/2011 4:07:00 AM)

    I've translated this master work of Angelou in Bengali for the readers of my country. I like this poem so much. (Report) Reply

  • Dale Bowlin (8/8/2011 1:12:00 PM)

    I couldn't have said it better myself John. This is ranked #1 in the list of 500? It'd be laughable if it wasn't so laughable. (Report) Reply

  • John Marino (8/6/2011 2:40:00 PM)

    An add for Jenny Craig maybe? Sad that the Oprah's of the world have lionized this garbage. (Report) Reply

  • Tony Elsby (5/12/2011 7:01:00 AM)

    I like it - the poem makes a statement. It's strong and yet sensitive. Defiant yet inclusive. Uncompromising and yet receptive. Proud yet not antagonistic. A poem worth reading and reading some more. (Report) Reply

  • Shadow Girl (5/10/2011 10:21:00 AM)

    Just read this agin because i think its so awesome! Please check out some of my poetry and see what you think! .....Thanks (Report) Reply

  • Jan Ejsymontt (5/5/2011 10:18:00 AM)

    Great poem; just mailed it to some of my female friends who are thoroughly enjoying it and it has bonded us all. Has a great rhythm and a very modern tone. (Report) Reply

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