You Are a Phenomenal Woman
September 17, 2012 by
Categories: Acceptance

“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.”

Maya Angelou really knows how to throw in that extra dose of humble confidence. ย The kind of confidence that is not cocky, but the kind that enables us to accept ourselves for who we are. ย The kind that encourages love of the self and not judgement. ย Let her words sink into you now and allow the love for yourself to take hold.

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2 Thoughts About You Are a Phenomenal Woman

  • Fatimah
    September 17, 2012 at 9:19 pm Reply

    I memorized this poem once and read it in front of my class ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Lauren
    Lauren
    September 18, 2012 at 5:02 pm Reply

    You’ve told me that before ๐Ÿ™‚ So empowering!

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