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Phenomenal Women!


Sunday, January 27, 2013

Hey all. I've been away from the computer because of illness. I caught the flu on Thursday and i'm just now starting to feel better. I literally have been derailed by illness twice over the past couple of weeks. So i learned a lesson and i'm trying to let my body rest and completely heal before i exert myself anymore. I was feeling pretty low about myself on Thursday because i was achy and just sat around in sweatpants and did not even care how i looked. So i thought of a poem that always makes me feel better when I have a low moment. I wrote it out and taped it to my mirror. It's the Maya Angelou poem Phenomenal Woman.


Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
Iím not cute or built to suit a fashion modelís size
But when I start to tell them,
They think Iím telling lies.
I say,
Itís in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
Iím a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
Thatís 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,
Itís the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
Iím a woman
Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,
Thatís me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they canít touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,
They say they still canít see.
I say,
Itís in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
Iím a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
Thatís me.

Now you understand
Just why my headís not bowed.
I donít shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing,
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
Itís in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need for my care.
íCause Iím a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
Thatís me.
Maya Angelou, ďPhenomenal WomanĒ from And Still I Rise. Copyright © 1978 by Maya Angelou.

Source: The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou (Random House Inc., 1994)

I have so many phenomenal women in my life and I would love for all of us to recognize that within ourselves every once in awhile.
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LOTUSBURGER 1/27/2013 10:53PM

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WINDSONG26 1/27/2013 10:30PM

    Thank you for sharing this. All of us should remember we are all phenomenal :)

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PSSN4FITNESS 1/27/2013 4:22PM

    Always loved this poem! What a great way to motivate and celebrate yourself everyday. I am thinking about posting this in my room. Thanks for sharing.

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BLITZ0825 1/27/2013 2:32PM

    Thanks for sharing this poem. Maya Angelou is wonderful! She inspires me to no end (so much so that I had the phrase "Still I Rise" tattooed on my side). No matter how low I get she reminds me that I'm a strong woman and no one can bring me down except myself!

Putting this poem on your mirror so you could see it is a great idea! I think I might borrow the idea if you don't mind.

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*MAMA*2*BOYS* 1/27/2013 2:12PM

    I'm sorry you've been sick, but I sure am glad that you are starting to feel better! Take care of yourself, girl, and thank you so much for sharing the wonderful poem! emoticon

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