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Phenomenal Woman

Pretty women wonder where my secrets lie
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 still can't see
I say,
It's 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
Why my head's not bowed
I don't shout out or jump about
Or have to talk real loud
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud
I say,
It's the click of my heels
The bend of my hair
The palm of my hand
That need for my care
I'm a woman
Phenomenally
Phenomenal woman
That's me.

-Maya Angelou