Monday, June 02, 2014

Uplifting Poem.

~harvey dunn

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 for my care. 
'Cause I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.
—Maya Angelou



If you would like to hear Maya read this poem click here:


To me listening to her is like listening to a baseball game.

slow. warm. relaxing. 

Enjoy this uplifting poem.

Encourage one another,


  1. Anonymous10:45 AM

    That she was -- a truly phenomenal woman. Thanks for sharing, Donna. You're pretty phenomenal, too.

    Mary Z

  2. I could listen to her read all day. Talk about self confidence. Fabulous.

    (And yes, you are pretty great too, Miz B. :-)

  3. Beautifully written! A poem to empower all young women.....especially those who are caught in the world's perception of what beauty looks like which only speaks destructive lies into their lives.

    Tammy ~@~

  4. Anonymous12:15 PM

    Oh, I loved this poem and loved hearing Maya read it. Thank you! I love her line.."They try so much, but they can't touch, my inner mystery." That inner mystery is one of the most wonderful parts of being a woman, I think. Men will never truly understand it. It is what shines out in a female personality that means so much more than fashion and makeup and all the trappings. My grandma was not a beauty, but she had female charm and mystery in abundance. I'm loving this thought today, and Maya's poem that makes me feel so good about being a woman.

    Debbie Z.

    1. Anonymous4:45 AM

      My favorite line also...I love how you've expressed it Debbie Z!

  5. That's a great metaphor for her voice. "Listening to her is like listening to a baseball game."
    Kristi in LV.
    P.S. You have inspired my photography and to put some photos on a little blog. :)

    1. Thank you for sharing your tumblr. I'm not a "member" so I can't comment. Your close ups are stunning. I like the black and white best (the Ferris wheel). Handsome portrait of Eli!

  6. That quiet inner strength comes out in her voice, her words. Loved that about her.

  7. I noted on Facebook that as people post her sayings this past week, I keep reading them in her beautiful voice. Thank you for actually posting it in her voice, too! What a fantastic message.


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