Happy International Women’s Day 2017!

To all the phenomenal women around the world, Angelou has always been an inspiration to me and this is my favourite of her poems.
‘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 of 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 of my care, 

‘Cause I’m a woman 

Phenomenally. 

Phenomenal woman, 

That’s me.

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