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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
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 for my care. ’Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenally. 
Phenomenal woman, 
That’s me.

Maya Angelou, “Phenomenal Woman” from And Still I Rise. Copyright © 1978 by Maya Angelou.

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