Poetry: Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou

It is appalling that, in the history of these posts, I have yet to post any poetry by women; to compensate, this is a fantastic poem by the amazing Maya Angelou. Sure looks can spark and initial attraction, but it is a persons personality (or soul) that is ultimately found beautiful or alluring.

Phenomenal Woman 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
Phenomenally.
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
Phenomenally.
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

Phenomenally.
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
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

2 thoughts on “Poetry: Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou

  1. Like it a lot, the short clever rhymes, and of course the theme is pretty awesome. I didn’t know she wrote poems.

    I hadn’t noticed you’d only posted poems by men so far, though I will say this is one of my favourites out of all of them, if not the favourite (“the” being emphasised there, no italics).

    Like

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