Saturday, November 22, 2008

"Phenomenal Woman," Maya Angelou

Something about this poem rings true to me. 
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. 

Fabulous, lovely, and amazing. I dedicate this post to all the phenomenal women I know, have known, and will come to know. 

So, to my mother, my grandmothers, my sisters, my aunts (Floores, Hoovers, and otherwise)... 

To all of my college friends (Miami and Christ)...

To all of my colleagues (at the clown, at the ED, at every place I've ever worked)...

To all of my blogger girls (Katy, Shannan, Amy, Liz, etc.)...

To all of the women in my community who work so hard to make it better and, every day, inspire me (JB, LL, KL, LM, etc.)...

To all the boys who might as well be women (coughcoughVivicacoughcough)...

And to every last one of the phenomenal women who make me a better person, a better man, and a stronger me.

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