Ms Pretty's Prattle - ' Phenomenal Woman' August 15 2014

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.