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.
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, “Phenomenal Woman” 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.
Share This Post With Others
Member Comments About This Blog Post
    1876 days ago
    Thank you for sharing this. All of us should remember we are all phenomenal :)
    1876 days ago
    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.
    1876 days ago
  • BLITZ0825
    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.

    emoticon emoticon
    1876 days ago
  • *MAMA*2*BOYS*
    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
    1876 days ago
  • Add Your Comment to the Blog Post

    Log in to post a comment

    Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as a typical result of following the SparkPeople program.

More Blogs by KRHODES05