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

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  • (5/16/2018 10:05:00 AM)


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  • (5/16/2018 12:36:00 AM)


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  • (5/12/2018 6:52:00 AM)


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  • Louie Aries (5/12/2018 5:39:00 AM)


    One better than the other..She's such a strong and firm person and poet.
    If someone asks me about what a woman is, what she's worth in society, i'll read that person Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou..
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  • (5/12/2018 1:32:00 AM)


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  • (5/11/2018 12:43:00 PM)


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  • Pat Headlam (5/7/2018 12:55:00 PM)


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  • (5/7/2018 9:42:00 AM)


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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Friday, April 3, 2015


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