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Annie's Online Journal...2
April 28, 2002

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 steps
       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 of 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.


A few years ago my best friend, Peggi sent this to me in an email.  At the time I wasn't feeling very much like a phenomenal woman.  I was at my heaviest and not really living in the moment.  Her email simply said, "I read this poem the other day and thought of you."  I loved her then for it and I love her still.