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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Phenomonal Woman

I have long harbored a deep love and passion for poetry. I wanted to share with you one of my most favorite poems written by Maya Angelou it is titled,
Phenomenal Woman. I am inspired by the words of Maya to be proud of being a woman. Her message that it doesn't matter your looks, or your size, its simply because you are you that makes you special reverberates with me.

My Auntie Vicky inducted me into womanhood and taught me to be proud of who I am. That it doesn't matter what I look on the outside but what I am on the inside that matters most. This year for my birthday I wanted to celebrate the kind of woman that Auntie Vickie was and the kind of woman I am working at becoming. I also applaud each of you fellow phenomenal woman out there for being uniquely and wonderfully you.

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 of my care,
'Cause I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Maya Angelou


Jana Perkins said...

I Love Maya Angelou!