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Norma Rae 05-28-2014 01:12 PM

A "Phenomenal Woman's" Crossing
In celebration of Maya Angelou, who crossed over and graduated today, and to all of the phenomenal women I have met here in the Cherry Bowl (including myself--a phenomenal woman--whom I am still "meeting") . . . let us all sing together the words of Maya Angelou's poem "Phenomenal Woman" . . .

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
Iím not cute or built to suit a fashion modelís size
But when I start to tell them,
They think Iím telling lies.
I say,
Itís in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
Iím a woman
Phenomenal woman,
Thatís 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,
Itís the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
Iím a woman

Phenomenal woman,
Thatís me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they canít touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,
They say they still canít see.
I say,
Itís in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
Iím a woman
Phenomenal woman,
Thatís me.

Now you understand
Just why my headís not bowed.
I donít shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing,
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
Itís in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need for my care.
íCause Iím a woman
Phenomenal woman,
Thatís me.

Namaste, Steph

OneLight 05-28-2014 04:05 PM

I've always loved this verse.
What a treasure she is.
Thank you for posting this.
I join with you in Celebrating this Phenomenal Woman !


Chi 05-28-2014 05:28 PM

And Still I Rise Maya Angelou


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