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.

Topic(s) of this poem: beautiful


Comments about Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou

  • (10/12/2017 10:40:00 AM)


    This is a beautiful poem, Maya, which I will be saving to my favorites. thanks for sharing... 10 (Report) Reply

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  • Rogelio Guillermo (10/11/2017 8:32:00 AM)


    I like the way this poem is written, powerful and very easy to understand. (Report) Reply

  • Lea- Beima Dorestin (10/8/2017 4:12:00 PM)


    An empowering poem to all women around the world😍👏👏💯
    Amazing!
    (Report) Reply

  • Arundass Tp (10/6/2017 4:49:00 AM)


    this poem looks beautiful (Report) Reply

  • (9/30/2017 12:16:00 AM)


    I like it!! (Report) Reply

  • Haritha Nair (9/29/2017 10:52:00 PM)


    I like it.. Nice poem (Report) Reply

  • Anita Aparajita Das (9/20/2017 3:25:00 PM)


    Phenomenally.
    Phenomenal woman,
    That's me.

    Nice poem.
    (Report) Reply

  • Sanjukta Sahoo (9/20/2017 2:46:00 PM)


    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.
    Beautifully written.
    (Report) Reply

  • (9/13/2017 6:13:00 PM)


    Phenomenal Woman - simply inspirational and empowering! (Report) Reply

  • Sabita Sahoo (9/6/2017 1:29:00 PM)


    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.
    Wow..10+++
    (Report) Reply

  • Seema Devi Sharma (9/4/2017 11:52:00 AM)


    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.
    Great poem so nicely penned.
    10
    (Report) Reply

  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (8/29/2017 2:07:00 PM)


    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
    Beautiful.
    10++++
    (Report) Reply

  • Narendra Kumar Verma (8/24/2017 4:41:00 AM)


    It is one of the good poems by Maya Angelou giving the best caricature of a woman's beauty which can not be described in words but can be experienced in human life. (Report) Reply

  • (8/19/2017 12:17:00 AM)


    What I wouldn't give to have felt for just one day, the absolute belief in one's womanhood.. My regard for Maya Angelo is rock solid. This poem made me smile because all I could see was Maya walking down the street with her big white smile, strong female body and loving heart having fun.. This is a work that should be shown to all female students.. From quite young... I.love it... (Report) Reply

  • Seema Devi Sharma (8/17/2017 11:14:00 AM)


    Beautiful poem. A woman of substance, Maya, the great poetess. (Report) Reply

  • Bharati Nayak (8/15/2017 1:35:00 AM)


    Maya Angelou was such a woman who was really proud of her womanhood.She was confident of her inner strength and many talents.She hails that a woman be respected not only for her outward beauty, but for so many other thing she deserves.

    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.
    - - - - - - - -It is really she.
    (Report) Reply

  • Prasanta Kumar Mahapatra (8/10/2017 5:12:00 AM)


    A nice piece. Impressive. (Report) Reply

  • Sneha Nag (8/4/2017 1:39:00 AM)


    beautifully penned mam. really impresive (Report) Reply

  • Sushil Soni (7/27/2017 1:34:00 AM)


    Good one but slightly longish though. (Report) Reply

  • Azitej Anand (7/18/2017 1:21:00 AM)


    Really a stunning piece, very well crafted shows the essence of female grace. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Friday, April 3, 2015


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