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(4 April 1928)

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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  • R.E. Wind (11/2/2006 5:21:00 PM)

    I'd have to agree with Mr. Hogg on this one, it's a good poem that gets its message across, however there is no real spark to it that makes it memorable in my opinion.

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  • Abisola Atta (11/1/2006 6:23:00 AM)

    ok Jim Hogg so tell me what is the best poem on this site?

  • Not a member No 4 (10/27/2006 3:43:00 PM)

    Good poem, and it's not just about the swing of the hips. It encompasses the glow that comes from within - from high self esteem - but doesn't say a lot about where that comes from. But the top poem on this site? Surely not. Got to swim against the stream here.

  • Abisola Atta (10/25/2006 12:57:00 PM)

    Even though i havent taken that essential step into womanhood..... (y'all know the step) i feel like a woman, a proud african woman thanks to Mama's beautiful poem. It is so inspirational, I honestly read this every morning. Mama's words are so beautiful and true. 'Men' is another great poem.

  • Joanna Clevenger (10/8/2006 7:29:00 PM)

    The young girls of today really need to be taught poetry, especially a poem like this. It is true, you don't have to be perfect, just as long as you have the confidence necessary, then perfect or not, you can be who you want to be.

  • Veronika Freeman (10/4/2006 7:57:00 PM)

    This is a song by Amy Sky, a Canadian singer that sometimes tours with Jim Brickman, who 'discovered' her and sang this song with his headset on while boarding a plane - was quite a sight apparently! go to and buy this lp - you will not be disappointed! I make no money off this sale! I share this with all and have even sang it in public - and I'm not claiming to be a singer - it's just a song you want to give to others! I was in tears by the end of her performance - sitting spellbound six feet from her... You will sing it to the top of your lungs in the car! I know tis is a convoluted posting but I can't express how great it is!

  • Leah Gully (10/2/2006 2:26:00 PM)

    What a wonderful poem- every woman (and teenage girl) should read it! It's a beautiful way to remind us that confidence and loving yourself make you sexy and vibrant. I'm going to read this every time I'm feeling low about myself. By the way, it's too bad that any women's studies program would want to throw this poem in the garbage. 'Intellectual creatures' have bodies as well as minds, and we need to celebrate both!

  • john tiong chunghoo (9/13/2006 10:56:00 AM)

    lovely maya.
    my haiku for you, phenomenal woman -

    sixty year old grandma
    walk tall, insist on stilettos
    even in the coffin, she says

  • Asanda Qotyana (9/5/2006 4:48:00 AM)

    Of all the poems I've read this is my number one.It makes me smile wanna cry and feel so good about ma self.Maya u're the best

  • S Imam (9/1/2006 7:17:00 AM)

    This poem has certainly got the swing and the ring of a phenomenal women. May there be many of them.

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