Phenomenal Woman
Poems by Maya Angelou


Phenomenal Woman - Poems About Women


Phenomenal Woman

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.
- Poem by Maya Angelou


Owing to ignorance of the rope the rope
appears to be a snake; owing to ignorance
of the Self the transient state arises of
the individualized, limited, phenomenal
aspect of the Self.
- Guru Nanak

"Many persons have a wrong idea of what
constitutes true happiness. It is not
attained through self-gratification but
through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
- Helen Keller

I've learned that every day you should
reach out and touch someone. People love a
warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.
- Maya Angelou

As a woman I have no country. As a
woman my country is the whole world.
- Virginia Woolf


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