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Wednesday, January 31, 2007
This is in dedication to all of the women out there who do the every day balance between "superhero" and "around the way girl". Everyday we get up and deal with the ugliness in this world, but we manage to do it with grace and style. We manage to hold our own in a man's world without compromising our womanhood or femininity. Whether we're being a student, being a CEO, being a mommy, being a lover, just being, or all of these we're all phenomenal women.

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


Blogger Honey-Libra said...

I love this poem!!!

Blogger Bklyn Diva said...

STAND UP.. clapping... :) now taking a bow.. this poem was dedicated to me by a special friend.. it brought tears to my eyes because it was truly unexpected.. :)

Thank you sista.. :) Thank you.. Phenomenal you are!!!

*psst.. now I know to never go to that hospital again*

Blogger daez said...

(Bowing) Thank you! and BRAVO!! (as YOU BOW!)...one of my all time favorites!!..(((HUGS)))
....just me...daez

Blogger katherine. said...

my oldest daughter turned me on to this poem when she was in high school. It has been a family fave ever since. Thanks for the reminder.

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