Zandra’s Poem: Phenomenal Woman

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.

 

This poem was chosen last year to represent our Phenomenal Girl’s Weekend, which I explained here. I tried to find another poem for Alexandra, but this was the one I kept coming back to.

As a woman, there is so much I want her to know. I want her to know she has infinite worth. I want her to know that she is beautiful, inside and out. I want her to know that she can do anything she sets her mind to. I want her to know that she should never settle for anything as she deserves the best.

I love that this poem sums up so many things to celebrate about being a woman and the confidence it exudes about the honour and privilege it is to be a woman.

I’m honoured and privileged to share womanhood with Alexandra. She is truly phenomenal.


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