Peace To You, Phenomenal Woman!

Maya Angelou

Today a legend has left us. The lady who taught me that poetry is more than just written words, that they have to be spoken as well, my hero, the great Maya Angelou has passed away. I am heart-broken, almost literally. This great lady taught me so much in her writing, in her words, and in her life. I first read her books and her poetry when I was just a young woman in my twenties, and she had such an impact on my life, on my whole outlook on life. She inspired me in my own poetry, and it’s because of her that I truly believed I would one day be a published poet. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings was the very first book of hers that I read, and Still I Rise was the first poem. But my favorite poem that she wrote has always been Phenomenal Woman.  Maya Angelou was, and will always be, a Phenomenal Woman.

Peace to you, and love to your family, from one phenomenal woman to another.

xo Jesi


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
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 of my care,
‘Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.