24 December 2010

Happy Friday

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.

I came across the above poem which was written by Maya Angelou. The wordings are absolutely beautiful & I enjoy the fact that it celebrates women as a whole. Reading the poem makes me believe that I truly am a “phenomenal” woman. We all can be.

The poem says it all. Women should stop comparing themselves with others because all they'll end up with are 10 more reasons to envy others. We, as a women agonize over how we look, how much we weigh, our hair, our sex life, so on and so forth. It’s not that we shouldn’t strive to improve ourselves if we so desire but I love the fact that the poem suggests to us that maybe, just maybe we are okay just the way we are.

I believe Maya Angelou wanted all women to believe that all women are truly phenomenal. We are wives, mothers, daughters, business women, artists and so many things. Though nobody could really do them all, some women can multi-task with unmatched skill - a talent men could never ever acquire.

All women are unique and beautiful. We don’t need to be loud or obnoxious to be noticed or heard. We only need to carry ourselves with dignity and pride.

My hope is that each of us will begin to see ourselves as phenomenal women. You are a phenomenal woman, too. And so is every other woman who walks on this planet .....

Have a nice weekend everybody !


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