Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou

*Since today is my birthday, I thought I would share this poem as a reminder that I am, indeed, a phenomenal woman.*  :)

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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,

photo credit Brenda Timmermans

photo credit Brenda Timmermans

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.

photo credit Brenda Timmermans

photo credit Brenda Timmermans

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.
Pam neener 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,Maya Angelou

the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
‘Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Maya Angelou

Which poem would you pick for yourself, my friendly blog reader?!

I’d love to read it in the comments below!

xoxo Pam

Elizabeth, Pam, Pat, Zoe, Janet

Elizabeth, Pam, Pat, Zoe, Janet photo taken by Jill

p.s. The Write your Story workshop went very, very well this past weekend. Although the snow kept a few people home, the folks who braved the storm had an absolute blast! I can’t wait to see the ideas that were hatched this weekend come to life! Thanks to Don Rush, Charlene McMillan, Mark Kelly and Jill Stodola for sharing their wisdom and energy. And even though she couldn’t make the event, thanks to Betty Meyette for providing such wonderful notes that I could share them in her absence.

 

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