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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
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
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

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
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

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Poems About Woman

  1. 1. Phenomenal Woman , Maya Angelou
  2. 2. Old Woman , Carl Sandburg
  3. 3. Woman Work , Maya Angelou
  4. 4. When I Was Small, A Woman Died , Emily Dickinson
  5. 5. Sonnet 20: A Woman's Face With Nature's .. , William Shakespeare
  6. 6. The Gardener Lix: O Woman , Rabindranath Tagore
  7. 7. The Truth Of Woman , Sir Walter Scott
  8. 8. Woman With A Past , Carl Sandburg
  9. 9. Women Washing Their Hair , Carl Sandburg
  10. 10. The Crazy Woman , Gwendolyn Brooks
  11. 11. Washerwoman , Carl Sandburg
  12. 12. A Woman's Shortcomings , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  13. 13. A Woman Waits For Me , Walt Whitman
  14. 14. A Pretty Woman , Robert Browning
  15. 15. A Woman's Last Word , Robert Browning
  16. 16. Humming Bird Woman , Carl Sandburg
  17. 17. Epitaph For A Romantic Woman , Louise Bogan
  18. 18. A Light Woman , Robert Browning
  19. 19. Modern Love Xxii: What May The Woman , George Meredith
  20. 20. Modern Love Iii: This Was The Woman , George Meredith
  21. 21. The Forum Of Woman , Friedrich Schiller
  22. 22. A Woman's Reason , Gelett Burgess
  23. 23. The Power Of Woman , Friedrich Schiller
  24. 24. The Heart Of The Woman , William Butler Yeats
  25. 25. The Virtue Of Woman , Friedrich Schiller
  26. 26. On Woman , William Butler Yeats
  27. 27. For Largest Woman's Hearth I Knew , Emily Dickinson
  28. 28. Woman's Constancy , John Donne
  29. 29. Honor To Woman , Friedrich Schiller
  30. 30. The Celebrated Woman - An Epistle By A M.. , Friedrich Schiller
  31. 31. Rune Of The Finland Woman , Marilyn Hacker
  32. 32. Any Woman , Katharine Tynan
  33. 33. A Woman Young And Old , William Butler Yeats
  34. 34. Primeval My Love For The Woman I Love , Walt Whitman
  35. 35. A Woman Homer Sung , William Butler Yeats
  36. 36. The Woman , Ronald Stuart Thomas
  37. 37. When Lovely Woman Stoops To Folly , Oliver Goldsmith
  38. 38. A Spiritual Woman , David Herbert Lawrence
  39. 39. I Knew A Woman , Theodore Roethke
  40. 40. Woman In Love , Rainer Maria Rilke
  41. 41. A Woman's Voice , George William Russell
  42. 42. To A Childless Woman , Siegfried Sassoon
  43. 43. To A Poor Old Woman , William Carlos Williams
  44. 44. A Woman's Love , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  45. 45. The Woman At The Gate , Robert William Service
  46. 46. The Ever-Patient Woman , Andrée Chedid
  47. 47. The Woman And The Angel , Robert William Service
  48. 48. To A Gentlewoman, Objecting To Him Hisgr.. , Robert Herrick
  49. 49. The Farm Woman's Winter , Thomas Hardy
  50. 50. The Phantom Horsewoman. , Thomas Hardy
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