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Remarkable Women. 8th of March International Women's Day, Maya Angelou.

Updated: Mar 7, 2021

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


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 for my care. ⁠

’Cause I’m a woman⁠


Phenomenal woman,⁠

That’s me.⁠

Curator Munllonch

Pic by Maya Angelou.

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