Girl Power Poetry, Woot!

It’s kind of cheesy to call it girl power when it’s more like women empowerment, but it’s a catchier phrase, don’t you think? 😉

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

– Maya Angelou

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. lovelyloey
    Jan 04, 2008 @ 09:19:27

    NICE! NICE! ME LOVE IT MUCH MUCH!

    nylusmilk: haha, i love your enthusiasm! 😀

    Reply

  2. museditions
    Jan 07, 2008 @ 14:25:02

    OH! I just love Maya Angelou. This poem is Phenomenally great! I remember her reading this next one at President Clinton’s inaugeration, and I cried!
    http://poetry.eserver.org/angelou.html

    nylusmilk: that’s some powerful poem! i have her famous book in my cupboard-cum-bookshelf; i’m going to try to read it soon.

    Reply

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