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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
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


ansupokharel's picture


Hello everyone, this is for all of us..I am very much inspired by her poems.

Anisha Pokharel

Estherkitenge's picture

Very nice. i like it

Very nice. i like it

nice poem. Go head to write on practical

Stella Danso's picture

Good poem

I am very much inspired by your poem. Its good as women to do what we think we can always do best. Not all of us can come up with such a nice poem like this. Keep it up.

Woman of voice's picture

Such talent. Great work

Such talent. Great work

ansupokharel's picture

do not misunderstand

Hey guyz, its not written by me. I shared it and its written by Maya ..
anyways, i do write :)

Anisha Pokharel

Marah Mbine Ngole Epie's picture


Dear Citizen Journalist,
I'm glad to know you belong to this community since 2011.
You're refined, and I'm so glad to be one of you.
Keep that up!


Minakshi's picture

Nice poem

You write Good poems .Keep writing.Nice one yaar(friend).

PeopleWeaver's picture

I'm smiling

Thank you. Nice way to start my day.

Precious M's picture

Woman you are special

Great poem!


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Anita Muhanguzi's picture

Nice Poem

Thank you for sharing. It is very inspiring. Continue to write.

Mrs. Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Head of Legal and Advocacy
Centre for Batwa Minorities
Skype: mrs_muhanguzi

otahelp's picture

you are a real woman

this piece is well put together and you are indeed a real so are all of us. All have to do is put aside our fear and inhibitions and step out in the free cool air and breath in deep and exhale and you are there.

thank you for sharing this piece

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VITSAF's picture

Very empowering

Confirming me to me and inspiring me much more
Love it!!!

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loretta's picture

Maya Angelou.

I heard her recite this poem on Oprah Winfrey's show. I was mesmerised.

She then related her story and I said to myself; "Now there's a woman who could not be broken, a woman who fell time and time again, but stood up."

I really admire Maya Angelou. Keep sharing, thanks.


A successful woman is one who can build a firm foundation with the bricks others throw at her. Author Unkown.

estelle's picture

So inspiring, one of my best

So inspiring, one of my best of Maya's poems-soul searching

Nelly Bassily's picture

Love that poem by Angelou..

Did you know that Maya Angelou's list of occupations includes pimp, prostitute, night-club dancer and performer, author, journalist in Egypt and Ghana during the days of decolonization, and actor, writer, director, and producer of plays, movies, and public television programs. She's truly phenomenal. She's done it all!

Here's one my fav poems by Angelou:

Still I Rise

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
'Cause I walk like I've got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I'll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don't you take it awful hard
'Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines
Diggin' in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I'll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I've got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history's shame
I rise
Up from a past that's rooted in pain
I rise
I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.
by Maya Angelou

Nelly Bassily
"We must become the change we want to see in the world"
(Mahatma Gandhi)

ansupokharel's picture

Feeling Warm

I am really happy to see so much interaction and it inspires me.
I am not so gud at this but I love poetry. I feel when words are stiff and hard to evoke out; they shape themselves as poem.
Maya Angelou is surely amazing woman. Nelly, that's my favorite too :) Hope you will go through my recent post on WP Week 4 assignment : Women Vs. Women coz I need to improve more :)

Anisha Pokharel

Sharontina's picture


Phenomenal women - it makes us proud. Thanks dear.


Merlin Sharontina

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