Maya Angelou

(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)

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.

Topic(s) of this poem: beautiful

Comments about Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou

  • Bartholomew Dele (8/22/2016 5:02:00 PM)

    i like this piece for its literary quality. (Report) Reply

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  • Bartholomew Dele (8/22/2016 4:59:00 PM)

    i like this piece. I love the style and the message it conveyed. Please help me i do not know where to click so that i can send my poem. Help me i am a new member. (Report) Reply

  • Soul Watcher Soul Watcher (8/22/2016 5:35:00 AM)

    I really love this poem, It means to me a lot (Report) Reply

  • Luz Hanaii Luz Hanaii (8/22/2016 2:46:00 AM)

    Original and down to earth appeal. (Report) Reply

  • Stephen W (8/20/2016 12:16:00 PM)

    This is a very egoistic poem about how she is better than other women.
    Now she is dead it isn't true, if it ever was. (Report) Reply

  • Mohammad Maleki Mohammad Maleki (8/18/2016 7:10:00 AM)

    Adorable sort of writing. Awesome and full of magnificent words that depict strength and tenacity
    of women in a glorious ambience.
    Women are phenomenon and they truly deserve possession of a monopoly on such an sacred and splendid word. (Report) Reply

  • Sriranji Aratisankar Sriranji Aratisankar (8/5/2016 6:19:00 AM)

    No doubt it is an example of a good poem, I read I am a common woman by RABINDRANATH TAGORE, that is an extraordinary experience, so I'am not much satisfied. (Report) Reply

  • Sriranji Aratisankar Sriranji Aratisankar (8/5/2016 6:16:00 AM)

    No doubt it is an example of a good poem, I read I am a common woman by RABINDRANATH TAGORE, so I'am not much satisfied. (Report) Reply

  • George Shadrack Kamanda George Shadrack Kamanda (8/3/2016 10:44:00 PM)

    Such a talented poet she is. This poem should serve as inspiration and societal guid book for all young girls...... in order for them to see the beauty in their personalities. Kudos to all phenomenal young lady out there! (Report) Reply

  • esmaeil  AAabedini esmaeil AAabedini (8/1/2016 8:36:00 AM)

    Love and love just live ! (Report) Reply

  • David Bisacca (7/31/2016 12:10:00 PM)

    Love this. describes a phenomenal attitude.. (Report) Reply

  • Rose Kanana Rose Kanana (7/30/2016 2:22:00 PM)

    A phenomenal woman without limit indeed (Report) Reply

  • Klinton King (7/22/2016 12:34:00 PM)

    a very phenomenal poem indeed (Report) Reply

  • Roxanne Dubarry (7/20/2016 8:41:00 PM)

    Yes! You are a remarkable, as well as phenomenal woman!
    You are also an excellent right on poet! (Report) Reply

  • Donna Jones Donna Jones (7/15/2016 9:29:00 PM)

    First time I have read her and already feel inspired to read more of her wonderful poetry (Report) Reply

  • Pratap Roy (7/10/2016 8:19:00 AM)

    Nice writing, Maya.
    Very good expression.
    God bless. ....P K Roy (Report) Reply

  • Mario Bevilaqua Mario Bevilaqua (7/6/2016 5:35:00 AM)

    It must to be read by every single woman on Earth. You all are phenomenal women! ! !
    Keep fighting for your rights! One day this world will be fair to you all women! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Poornima  Thapa Poornima Thapa (7/5/2016 8:46:00 AM)

    WOW, This is an awesome poem describing women of strength. Inspiring us all to have an attitude like this and we would be so free of the shackles of what a typical woman ought to be (Report) Reply

  • Chandana NC (7/2/2016 1:10:00 PM)

    Superb (Report) Reply

  • Akshaya Kumar Das Akshaya Kumar Das (6/25/2016 10:17:00 PM)

    You are a phenomenal woman😂So beautiful diction😂 (Report) Reply

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Read poems about / on: woman, women, hair, smile, fire, joy, sun

Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Friday, April 3, 2015

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