Phenomenal Woman   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 for my care.

'Cause I'm a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That's me.

I have always liked Maya Angelou's poetry.  For a black woman to have achieved so very  much, at a time it was hard to heard if you were a woman, makes her phenomenal to me.  Maya Angelou had a hard life; but overcame all the hardships and became a strong woman.  As a civil rights activist, she worked with both Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X.  She has over 50 honorary degrees and was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Bill Clinton; and the Presidential Medal of Freedom  by President Barack Obama.  Maya Angelou was a very strong woman and a wonderful role model for us all.

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