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

  • (6/24/2017 2:14:00 AM)


    I came through the poem hunter in recent time but first came to read this phenomenal poem is a beautiful one. (Report) Reply

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  • (6/19/2017 11:08:00 PM)


    A collection of cliches about women I guess. Self deception to think she is a phenomenal woman. (Report) Reply

  • Bigyan Mainali (6/19/2017 8:50:00 AM)


    very nice one love it (Report) Reply

  • Suresh Raavi (6/18/2017 3:25:00 AM)


    An outstanding & phenomenal poem (Report) Reply

  • Mira Kuznetsova (6/17/2017 9:26:00 PM)


    It's so beautiful! Thank you! (Report) Reply

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  • (6/13/2017 12:35:00 PM)


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  • Vernon Van Simwinga (6/7/2017 11:13:00 AM)


    wow beautiful piece! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • (6/6/2017 9:29:00 AM)


    A brilliant poem !!! (Report) Reply

  • (6/2/2017 6:15:00 AM)


    wow! this is indeed a phenomenal piece (Report) Reply

  • Abhaya Sharma (5/26/2017 1:32:00 AM)


    Exceptionally brilliant poem expressive very bit.. (Report) Reply

  • M Sagnik Das (5/21/2017 5:35:00 AM)


    nice one mam! ! ! you are an awesome poet (Report) Reply

  • Parivallal P (5/18/2017 7:01:00 AM)


    Very well written. Simple and subtle... (Report) Reply

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  • (5/8/2017 6:53:00 AM)


    this piece of writing bored me out of existence, she needs to have a good luck on how she writes her poems and modify them to not bore me so much. (Report) Reply

  • Saravanan Sivasubramanian (5/8/2017 5:28:00 AM)


    She is the Phenomenal Woman.
    she only have the rights to estimate herself.
    she only have the rights to reveal her feminine secrets.
    she only have the rights to dig her past.
    she only have the rights to plan her future.
    she only have the rights for her body and soul.
    (Report) Reply

  • Dhiren Doley (5/7/2017 8:58:00 AM)


    বিস্ময়কৰ নাৰী
    মূল: মায়া এঞ্জেলো
    অনুবাদ: ধীৰেন দলে

    মোৰ ৰহস্যৰ কথা ভাৱি সুন্দৰী মহিলাবোৰে বিস্মায়িভিভূত হয়
    মোৰ ৰূপ নাই বা কোনোবা ধূনপেঁচৰ সাজৰ বাবেও মই সুগঢ়ি নহয়।
    কিন্তু যেতিয়া মোৰ কাহিনীবোৰ কওঁ
    সিহঁতে মিছা বুলি ক’ই।
    মই কওঁ,
    এইবোৰ মোৰ দুবাহুৰ পৰিধিত,
    মোৰ তপিনাৰ পৰিসীমাত
    মোৰ খোজৰ গতিত,
    মোৰ ওঁঠৰ কেঁকোৰিত আছে।
    বিস্ময়জনকভাৱে
    মই এগৰাকী নাৰী।
    ময়েই বিস্ময়কৰ
    সেই নাৰী।

    আপুনি যিদৰে ভাল পায়
    সেইদৰেই মই কোঠা এটালৈ প্ৰৱেশ কৰো
    আৰু এজন মানুহলৈও,
    মানুহবোৰ থিয় হয় অথবা
    আঁঠু কাঢ়ি দি বহি পৰে।
    আৰু মৌ মাখিয়ে মৌবাহ আগুৰাৰ দৰে
    তেওঁলোকে মোৰ চাৰিওফালে গিজগিজাই।
    মই কওঁ,
    এয়া মোৰ নয়নৰ আগুন
    আৰু মোৰ দাঁতৰ দীপ্তি,
    মোৰ কঁকালৰ হেন্দোলনি
    আৰু মোৰ পদৰ উল্লাস।
    বিস্ময়জনকভাৱে
    মই এগৰাকী নাৰী।
    বিস্ময়জনক এজনী নাৰী
    সেয়া মই।

    মোৰ মাজত কি দেখা পায়
    তাক লৈ পুৰুষসকলেই আশ্বৰ্যাম্বিত হ’ল।
    মোৰ আভ্যন্তৰিক ৰহস্য
    চুবলৈ বহু চেষ্টা কৰি
    তেওঁলোক ব্যৰ্থ হয়।
    মই যেতিয়া তেওঁলোকক দেখুৱাব খুজোঁ
    তেওঁলোকে তেতিয়াও নেদেখা বুলিয়ে ক’ই।
    মই কওঁ,
    এয়া মোৰ পিঠিৰ বলয়ত
    মোৰ মিচিকিয়াৰ সুৰুযত,
    মোৰ স্তনযুগলৰ ছলনাত,
    মোৰ সাজসজ্জাৰ লালিত্যত বিদ্ধমান।

    বিস্ময়জনকভাৱে।
    বিস্ময়কৰ নাৰী,
    সেয়া মই।

    মোৰ শিৰ কিয় অৱনমিত নহয়
    এতিয়া তুমি বুজিছা।
    মই নিচিয়ঁৰো বা নজঁপিয়াওঁ
    বা উচ্চ স্বৰে কথোপকথন কৰিবলগীয়া নহয়।
    মোক যেতিয়া অহা যোৱা কৰা দেখা
    সেয়া তোমাক গৰ্বিত কৰা উচিত।
    মই কওঁ,
    এয়া আছে মোৰ গোৰোৱাৰ শব্দত
    মোৰ চুলিৰ ভাঁজত
    মোৰ হাতৰ তলুৱাত,
    মোৰ যতনৰ প্ৰয়োজনত।
    কিয়নো আশ্বৰ্যজনকভাৱে
    মই এগৰাকী নাৰী।
    বিস্ময়কৰ নাৰী,
    সেয়া মই।
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  • (5/1/2017 8:47:00 AM)


    A phenomenal poem by a phenomenal women. Commendable words.... (Report) Reply

  • Afolabi Eniola O. (4/26/2017 10:08:00 AM)


    Wow, I love this, beautiful (Report) Reply

  • Sandra Parris (4/24/2017 12:48:00 PM)


    Lovey (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Friday, April 3, 2015


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