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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.

Comments about Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou

  • Rookie - 153 Points Chukwukadibia Benjamin (12/6/2016 7:01:00 AM)

    There is so much to say about this piece, but for time, this is inspirational. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie traci vinal (11/26/2016 10:11:00 PM)

    she is brilliant (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 46,205 Points Bernard F. Asuncion (11/26/2016 12:56:00 AM)

    Men themselves have wondered
    What they see in me.
    They try so much
    But they can't touch
    My inner mystery.

    Excellent poem of all time..... (Report) Reply

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Poems About Woman

  1. 1. Phenomenal Woman , Maya Angelou
  2. 2. Woman Work , Maya Angelou
  3. 3. The Crazy Woman , Gwendolyn Brooks
  4. 4. A Pretty Woman , Robert Browning
  5. 5. A Woman Waits For Me , Walt Whitman
  6. 6. I Knew A Woman , Theodore Roethke
  7. 7. The Dead Woman , Pablo Neruda
  8. 8. A Light Woman , Robert Browning
  9. 9. A Woman To Her Lover , Christina Walsh
  10. 10. My First Affair With That Older Woman , Charles Bukowski
  11. 11. Old Woman Of The Roads , Padraic Colum
  12. 12. I, Being Born A Woman And Distressed , Edna St. Vincent Millay
  13. 13. A High-Toned Old Christian Woman , Wallace Stevens
  14. 14. The Woman In The Ordinary , Marge Piercy
  15. 15. On Being A Woman , Dorothy Parker
  16. 16. What Almost Every Woman Knows Sooner Or .. , Ogden Nash
  17. 17. When A Woman Loves A Man , David Lehman
  18. 18. To A Poor Old Woman , William Carlos Williams
  19. 19. The Truth Of Woman , Sir Walter Scott
  20. 20. Woman In Love , Rainer Maria Rilke
  21. 21. The Gardener Lix: O Woman , Rabindranath Tagore
  22. 22. A Strong Woman Vs. A Woman Of Strength , Luke Easter
  23. 23. Honor To Woman , Friedrich Schiller
  24. 24. Perfect Woman , William Wordsworth
  25. 25. A Woman Needs , hazem al jaber
  26. 26. On Woman , William Butler Yeats
  27. 27. A Woman Waking , Philip Levine
  28. 28. Old Woman , Jimmy Santiago Baca
  29. 29. Of A Woman, Dead Young , Dorothy Parker
  30. 30. A Woman Young And Old , William Butler Yeats
  31. 31. Primeval My Love For The Woman I Love , Walt Whitman
  32. 32. The Woman At The Washington Zoo , Randall Jarrell
  33. 33. Any Woman , Katharine Tynan
  34. 34. ! Old Woman , Michael Shepherd
  35. 35. A Woman , Konjit Berhane
  36. 36. The Forum Of Woman , Friedrich Schiller
  37. 37. I Am Now Your Woman , Pia Andersson
  38. 38. The Singing-Woman From The Wood's Edge , Edna St. Vincent Millay
  39. 39. The Complaint Of A Forsaken Indian Woman , William Wordsworth
  40. 40. Woman , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  41. 41. A Spiritual Woman , David Herbert Lawrence
  42. 42. Depth Of A Woman , Courtney Kane
  43. 43. A Woman Homer Sung , William Butler Yeats
  44. 44. To A Childless Woman , Siegfried Sassoon
  45. 45. Woman And War , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  46. 46. Barfly: Woman In A Bar , C.J. Heck
  47. 47. Old Woman , Carl Sandburg
  48. 48. The Woman And The Wife , Edwin Arlington Robinson
  49. 49. The High-Toned Old Christian Woman , Wallace Stevens
  50. 50. Epitaph For A Romantic Woman , Louise Bogan
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