Monday, January 12, 2009

Woman Warrior: The Every Woman

It's been a long time since I've done one of my Woman Warrior features. I'd like to start the new new year by featuring The Every Woman: the woman carrying groceries with the aching back, the single mom earning a paycheck, the woman working a full time job and caring for her elderly mother. . . These women of the world are heroes everyday, but you never hear about them. They are truly phenomenal women.

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.


Antebelle said...

Such an awesome post!! I think if we all read Maya's poem before we left the house in the morning, we'd all be better off!! :)

Deanna Lack said...

Awesome. Not feeling like much of a warrior today, maybe I need to armor myself ;)

sewitsforyou said...

I rememeber at someones' college graduation they read this. Great Poem...