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
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.


Comments about Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou

  • Rookie Gold Jennifer (8/28/2015 4:39:00 PM)

    I love this poem. I totally love It. Rest In Peace Maya Angelou (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie C.vanlalruata Nuntluang (8/26/2015 7:09:00 AM)

    I love it (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 340 Points Frankie Wills (8/21/2015 5:00:00 PM)

    Beautifully written - love her work. Stunning. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 37 Points Marion Caragounis (8/20/2015 10:32:00 AM)

    A great poem by a great lady. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 261 Points Fred Scott (8/19/2015 6:28:00 PM)

    i love this poem. you are a real woman! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 10 Points Kadagouda Patil (8/15/2015 12:13:00 PM)

    This poem is arguably no 1. It is ever relevant. Rustic in expression which brings out the beauty at its best. Yes she is phenomenal woman attracting envy. She is mystic. Phenomenal woman knows she is beautiful and out to make statement in her mannerisms. She knows frailties of mortal men and women. Oh.....unparalleled in reach. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 22,689 Points * Sunprincess * (8/12/2015 2:54:00 PM)

    ....excellent write....fantastic rhythm ★ (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 904 Points Kent Seewell (8/10/2015 3:53:00 PM)

    P A T H E T I C
    P A T H E T I C
    P A T H E T I C (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 361 Points Nanthinii Mohan (8/10/2015 11:28:00 AM)

    A brave expression of the hidden mystery which is innate in every woman. The image of a woman doesn't have to be what others see or credit to the way she is, but how she sees herself. A phenomenal write indeed! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 625 Points Alpeshkumar Natubhai Makwana (8/8/2015)

    What makes me wonder is thatHow come a woman can de scribe her own race so elegantly? i mean its the eye of man which can build the grace of woman. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 114 Points Aijaz Asif (8/7/2015 12:59:00 PM)

    Phenomenal indeed...beautiful (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 343 Points Minnie Froh (8/4/2015 12:01:00 PM)

    how beautiful, amazing lines! (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 724 Points Angel Dzidula-komla (7/29/2015 4:19:00 PM)

    the poem is really phenomenal and i enjoyed every bit of it (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 373 Points Mo Masedi (7/18/2015 9:50:00 AM)

    The Poem and Poet are simply Phenomenal. You can't but fall in love Ms. Angelou's poetics. (Report) Reply

    Rookie - 66 Points Ghina Albiek (7/26/2015 6:55:00 PM)

    I totally agree!

  • Veteran Poet - 1,017 Points Briony Nicholls (7/9/2015 6:33:00 AM)

    Why do feminist poems that exalt women make me want to cringe? I can't say I liked this poem. The discomfort of pedestals is what strongly comes to mind here. (Report) Reply

    Veteran Poet - 1,017 Points Briony Nicholls (8/12/2015 9:56:00 AM)

    I've re-read this poem and honestly, it still repels me. Perhaps if the poet was exalting another woman, it might feel less narcissistic, self-absorbed and egotistical. I mean who really goes around singing their praises to the world like this poem tries to do?

    Freshman - 913 Points Stephen W (7/22/2015 6:15:00 PM)

    Disgusting remark by Mo Masedi.

    Rookie - 373 Points Mo Masedi (7/18/2015 9:54:00 AM)

    Something could be wrong with you Briony and you may want to fix it to enjoy Ms. Angelou and other Feminists' poetry.

  • Rookie Shirley Smith (7/6/2015 6:32:00 PM)

    Test (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 78 Points Anna Mccabe (6/29/2015 4:27:00 PM)

    This is beautiful and holds a powerful message. If anyone has time please read and review a poem of mine! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Owen Flibberto (6/25/2015 6:41:00 AM)

    This poem made me barf rainbows in my pants, it was awesome (Report) Reply

    Rookie - 0 Points Scar Belly (7/29/2015 6:29:00 AM)

    Wow! What a remarkable comment. I'm not quite sure what it means, but it is remarkable nonetheless. It mmade me laugh. I mean, Really Laugh, which is something I haven't done in a long time. Thank you.

    Rookie - 0 Points Scar Belly (7/29/2015 4:15:00 AM)

    Wow! What a remarkable comment. I'm not quite sure what it means, but it's remarkable nonetheless. It It made me laugh. I mean, truly laugh, which is something I haven't done in a long time. Thank you.

  • Rookie - 114 Points Kerrie Smith (6/22/2015 10:24:00 AM)

    I absolutely loved this poem (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,053 Points Thabani Khumalo (6/16/2015 8:44:00 AM)

    I have a vision to write like this, only if god would bless me enough to. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Friday, April 3, 2015


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