Feel Good Friday: Phenomenal Woman

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Phenomenal Woman

This week marked the passing of one of the world’s most powerful literary voices: Maya Angelou.

The first time I read her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, I learned how your strength of spirit and character can help you overcome even the darkest trauma and deepest injustice. The first time I read her poem “Phenomenal Woman,” I felt like I could conquer the world.

Read this poem today in her honor and memory, and let her words remind you of just how phenomenal you truly are.

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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
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
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

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
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Have you read anything by Maya Angelou before?

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9 responses to “Feel Good Friday: Phenomenal Woman”

  1. I don’t think she was a woman but very much a real life Goddess. She would obviously disagree but the impact she made just being her was awesome in the truest sense of the word. I can’t remember if I have ever read that poem but I am going to put it in my journal. Those are words to remember and live by.

  2. I could hear her voice as I read that poem – so powerful. I haven’t read anything else by Angelou, but my daughter read I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings in school last year. She told me she cried a little when she heard of Angelou’s passing.

  3. Beautiful poem. Yes, I’ve read her work before but I actually don’t remember reading this poem. Thanks for sharing! She left a wonderful legacy behind. She will be missed.

  4. Yup same here; I totally could hear her reciting this poem. So motivating! This is the kind of confidence girls and women should carry.

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