Sunday, January 15, 2012

Phenomenal Women

I am an English major and a big fan of poetry. I think that this poem by Dr. Maya Angelou is a very important poem for women every where. I love this poem so much that I decoupaged it onto a canvas. I have it hanging in my bathroom in front of my bathtub. I am a lover of baths so, I read this poem whenever I'm soaking in my lavender epsoms. It has become one of my favorite pieces to recite to myself. It reminds me to have confidence in my abilities and that it is the small things that make me beautiful. As women we need to be reminded, every once in a while, that we are phenomenal human beings. We are the reason that our households run smoothly, our kids are smart and our husbands are happy (most of the time). We must give ourselves more credit for all that we do because we are indeed Phenomenal Women.

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
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.


  1. I LOVE this poem, I think I'm going to steal it:)

  2. I'm glad you like! Please do take it, that's why I post this stuff, hoping that it reaches someone somewhere....I'm glad it's you :)