Life has kicked me in the ass. Hard.  So hard it's flat done knocked me over. So until I can catch my breath and find my voice, I am relying on someone else's.

 

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 of my care,

'Cause I'm a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That's me.

6 Comments

I'm sorry you are having a rough time. Can I help in any way?

Great choice, great poem, I love her.

Hope you get back on your feet soon...

YOU are a phenomenal woman. Hang in there! Let us know if we can help.

We never consider ourselves extraordinary, that is only in the eyes of others. In my eyes you are quite the phenom. I hope you feel better soon.

We never consider ourselves extraordinary, that is only in the eyes of others. In my eyes you are quite the phenom. I hope you feel better soon.

Even the awesome need inspiration... and you, my awesome friend, have chosen a very good one. :) Hang in there, and remember, we think you're awesome. Really. xo

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