Phenomenal Woman

by Kate Van Raden

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.”

-By Maya Angelou