Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Wordy Wednesday

Yesterday was not only Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras but the 100th anniversary of International Women`s Day.  I`m ashamed to admit that as I was absorbed in piecing my quilt top, it rather passed me by. However, it is a day which is celebrated here in Morocco and so to make amends, I`m sharing a poem with you which a Moroccan friend emailed to me last night.  It`s by American autobiographer and poet Maya Angelou.

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
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 of my care,
'Cause I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.
Maya Angelou

3 comments:

nicolette said...

Thanks for sharing this wonderful poem!
International Women’s Day was all over the radio and TV yesterday. It was a wonderful day of attention for women actrices, poets, politicians, singer/songwriters, young women, movies, books etc.
And men always seem to feel a bit awkward interviewing women... LOL!

busybusybeejay said...

What a wonderful poem.I shall save it.Thanks for sharing it with us.

Ansell said...

A poem to treasure and pass on to others.