We Are All Phenomenal Women

This poem came serendipitously my way today. I love it because it’s so full of love! The most important love, the love that precedes all other love – self love. I think it should be the anthem of every woman and that if we could all feel this way about ourselves, we wouldn’t let, as she puts it, others violate that space inside us that needs to remain inviolate, the space where we meet God. Amen to that!

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 for my care.
’Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

From And Still I Rise. Copyright © 1978 by Maya Angelou.

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9 thoughts on “We Are All Phenomenal Women

  1. That was fabulous, Dawn, I think WE could say the “click of our sandals”…Oh God, high heels??? What a great day it is! Hope to see you soon. Going to San Diego Sat to clean out some stores! See you when i get back to paradise. Take care! Lynn

    Sent from my iPad Lynn

  2. There you are! I have my RSS feed set up to receive new posts from your “old” blog and I am glad I saved your site on my favorites directing me here. You should write a short blog post on your old site letting people know you moved so they get notified through their RSS feed. Now I have some catching up to do. I love your writing.

    • Jeff! I’m so sorry you didn’t know I’d moved over here. Funny thing is, if you look at my last post (Feb 24, 2012) I did actually do as you suggested, and wrote a blog post about moving over here. Sorry you didn’t get it!! Glad you found me despite the hiccup. And so stoked you love the writing. You might want to check out the posts about my peyote experience!

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