For National Poetry Month, I’m A Phenomenal Woman

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Phenomenal Woman

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.


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  • Reply
    Janeane Davis
    April 5, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    I made the first stanza of this poem the wall paper on my computer!

  • Reply
    April 5, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Love her for what she stands as a woman and a poet. This one in particular helped me thru some tough times.

    Decided to do the challenge of posting 30 poems in 30 days for this month. Should be interesting.

  • Reply
    Michelle Levine
    April 6, 2013 at 12:03 am

    beautiful~! love her and love you for sharing and reminding us : )

  • Reply
    Rachee Fagg
    April 6, 2013 at 5:46 am

    I love this poem! I used to think I hated poetry and then I read this and realized that poetry WAS for me.

  • Reply
    April 7, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Love this poem. Thanks for sharing!

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