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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
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

  • Freshman - 622 Points 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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  • Freshman - 538 Points Sonia Deendayal (7/15/2017 8:24:00 AM)

    great poem portraying a woman and its amazing beauty (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 875 Points Berlyn Estimada (7/15/2017 7:22:00 AM)

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