Phenomenal woman, that’s me- My favorite Maya Angelou poem

When I was a teenager I had a poem taped to the wall beside my bed. My counselor (who made such an impact on my life) printed it out for me and gave it to me on International Women’s Day. The phenomenal woman who introduced me to this poem is no longer here today, and I never did get to thank her for helping me “style the inside” of my life.

A few years ago, I thought about her a lot. I was struggling with some internal stuff and I could feel her presence with me. I wrote about her here. 

I haven’t felt her presence in a while. But the other day I was reminded of her while I was packing some stuff up for our move. I found the poem she gave me. ❤️

As I read the words, I thought to myself: I was meant to find this. 🙏🏻 It’s a reminder of how far I’ve come, and the morning of International Women’s Day, I read the poem to my daughters:

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.

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.

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.

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 💕

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