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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 Women

  1. 1. Phenomenal Woman , Maya Angelou
  2. 2. Woman Work , Maya Angelou
  3. 3. Epistle Ii: To A Lady (Of The Characters.. , Alexander Pope
  4. 4. Countrywomen , Katherine Mansfield
  5. 5. Mary, Pity Women! , Rudyard Kipling
  6. 6. Women Washing Their Hair , Carl Sandburg
  7. 7. Women And Roses , Robert Browning
  8. 8. Women's Rights , Annie Louisa Walker
  9. 9. A Pretty Woman , Robert Browning
  10. 10. A Woman's Last Word , Robert Browning
  11. 11. A Light Woman , Robert Browning
  12. 12. Woman's Constancy , John Donne
  13. 13. On Woman , William Butler Yeats
  14. 14. A Spiritual Woman , David Herbert Lawrence
  15. 15. Any Woman , Katharine Tynan
  16. 16. Lines On Hearing It Declared That No Wom.. , Mary Darby Robinson
  17. 17. Give Me Women, Wine, And Snuff , John Keats
  18. 18. Ballad Of Women I Love , Eugene Field
  19. 19. There's Wisdom In Women , Rupert Brooke
  20. 20. Women's Suffrage , William Topaz McGonagall
  21. 21. Sonnet (Women Have Loved Before As I Lov.. , Edna St. Vincent Millay
  22. 22. To Women As Far As I'M Concerned , David Herbert Lawrence
  23. 23. Remembered Women , Carl Sandburg
  24. 24. Blessed Among Women --To The Signora Cai.. , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  25. 25. That Women Are But Men's Shadows , Ben Jonson
  26. 26. The Laughter Of Women , Lisel Mueller
  27. 27. No Fault In Women , Robert Herrick
  28. 28. The Truth Of Woman , Sir Walter Scott
  29. 29. Woman In Love , Rainer Maria Rilke
  30. 30. A Woman's Voice , George William Russell
  31. 31. The Triumph Of Woman , Robert Southey
  32. 32. Woman With A Past , Carl Sandburg
  33. 33. Glory Of Women , Siegfried Sassoon
  34. 34. Beautiful Women , Walt Whitman
  35. 35. Harp Song Of The Dane Women , Rudyard Kipling
  36. 36. A Form Of Women , Robert Creeley
  37. 37. A Letter From A Stupid Woman , Nizar Qabbani
  38. 38. Women , Louise Bogan
  39. 39. The Leaves Like Women Interchange , Emily Dickinson
  40. 40. The Old Women , Arthur Symons
  41. 41. The Rights Of Women—spoken By Miss Fonte.. , Robert Burns
  42. 42. The Pale Woman , Arthur Symons
  43. 43. The Song Of The Women , Rudyard Kipling
  44. 44. Old Woman , Carl Sandburg
  45. 45. Cigarettes And Whiskey And Wild, Wild Wo.. , Anne Sexton
  46. 46. Humming Bird Woman , Carl Sandburg
  47. 47. The Gardener Lix: O Woman , Rabindranath Tagore
  48. 48. Washerwoman , Carl Sandburg
  49. 49. Epitaph For A Romantic Woman , Louise Bogan
  50. 50. A Woman's Reason , Gelett Burgess
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