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The Phenomenal Woman

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TheRealMrsF Wed 20-Apr-05 23:16:04

FINAL poem..... heard this on radio 4 the other day.....and then got it off the internet....I thought of all us mums (especially those of us that are not size 10!!!!!)

by Maya Angelou
Pretty women wonder where my secret lies
I'm not cute or built to suit a model's fashion 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 steps
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 of 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 for my care.
'Cause I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman
That's me.

compo Wed 20-Apr-05 23:18:34

wow, that's a really powerful poem

eidsvold Wed 20-Apr-05 23:19:14

Maya Angelou - one of my favourite poets ... almost named dd2 Maya after her but it really did not suite our surname

TheRealMrsF Wed 20-Apr-05 23:20:44

on the radio it was read by a jamaican woman....and she raed it with real was fantastic!!! (and for a day i had a 'who cares what people think' attitude...then i looked in the mirror!!!

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