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PostHeaderIcon PHENOMENAL WOMAN

By Vernalee
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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.”
Phenomenal woman.
The poem not only is inspiring, it describes so many women who have been in my life. Thank you Dr. Maya Angelou for your words, courage, inspiration, and gifts to the world and me! Nobody could speak the words quite like you! I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to see and hear you recount your many stories, read poetry, speak in several languages, sing, and inspire your audience. I witnessed your commanding, captivating presence that made us hungry for more.
How phenomenal!
Your words stuck to me as I am sure that they have become “glue” to so many others.
Though gone, your words, books, poetry, and advice will last forever.
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