Phenomenal Woman

anisha pokharel
Posted April 28, 2013 from Nepal

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

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anisha pokharel
Apr 28, 2013
Apr 28, 2013

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

Estherkitenge
Apr 28, 2013
Apr 28, 2013

Very nice. i like it

Ashrafun Nahar
Apr 29, 2013
Apr 29, 2013

nice poem. Go head to write on practical

Stella Danso
Apr 29, 2013
Apr 29, 2013

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
Apr 29, 2013
Apr 29, 2013

Such talent. Great work

anisha pokharel
Apr 29, 2013
Apr 29, 2013

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

Marah Epie
Apr 29, 2013
Apr 29, 2013

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!

Marah

Minakshi Tripathy
Apr 29, 2013
Apr 29, 2013

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

PeopleWeaver
Apr 29, 2013
Apr 29, 2013

Thank you. Nice way to start my day.

Precious Nkeih
Apr 29, 2013
Apr 29, 2013

Great poem!

Precious

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Apr 29, 2013
Apr 29, 2013

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

otahelp
Apr 29, 2013
Apr 29, 2013

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

Ogo Maduewesi
Apr 29, 2013
Apr 29, 2013

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

loretta
Apr 29, 2013
Apr 29, 2013

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.

estelle achinko
Apr 29, 2013
Apr 29, 2013

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

Nelly Bassily
Apr 29, 2013
Apr 29, 2013

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

anisha pokharel
Apr 29, 2013
Apr 29, 2013

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 :)

Merlin James
Apr 30, 2013
Apr 30, 2013

Phenomenal women - it makes us proud. Thanks dear.

Love

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