Phenomenal Woman – That’s You

When I was a senior in college my boyfriend gave me “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” as a birthday present.

I loved that book.

It was inspirational. Eye opening. Heart and soul stirring.

In the book, Maya Angelou talked about overcoming hardships and facing fears in such a way that her story still resonates with me 20 years later.

After finishing the first book, I quickly devoured the rest and then discovered Phenomenal Woman (below). I decided to memorize it (but I only managed to commit the first stanza to memory).

Regardless, I love to recite it to myself whenever I need a confidence infusion. [quote]

How about you?

What books and women throughout history have inspired you?

How have they impacted your life?

Share below, I’d love to know.

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 in 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 for my care.

’Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

 

P.S. Here are the questions again:

What books and women throughout history have inspired you?

How have they impacted your life?

Share below, I’d love to know.

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