Phenomenal Woman

Maya Angelou was a Resolute Woman—and a Phenomenal Woman, and I have always liked her poem “Phenomenal Woman.”

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….

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.


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2 Responses to “Phenomenal Woman”

  1. Mary H. August 29, 2015 at 7:00 pm #

    Great poem! Thanks for sharing.

  2. pretty curly girl October 21, 2021 at 3:06 pm #

    I am so grateful for your post.Really thank you! Much obliged.