Friday, February 1, 2008

A Beautiful Topic

My dear sister Mary Alice, From the Frontlines, has written on a very interesting topic today. My comment to her got rather long. I have A LOT to say on the topic of beauty, but have busy morning so can't post full thoughts till this evening (read: baby in bed)...like I said, have lots to say. In the meantime, I have always felt this poem perfectly portrays a beautiful woman and perfectly inspires me to be one. (Mrs. G readers: Note: I am not selling this poem! I state again, if Mrs. G is going to copyright pergatory, I will be right there with her, hopefully will serve cocktails there, the damned have a tendency to get edgy without them).

PHENOMENAL WOMAN
by Maya Angelou

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies
I'm not cute or built to suit a model's fashion 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 steps
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 of 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 for my care.
'Cause I'm a woman
Phenomenally
Phenomenal woman
That's me.

11 comments:

Domestically Challenged said...

Dear Jo
I feel a glint of sunshine coming from your direction...after yesterdays rainy day.
Feel beautiful! You and Mary Alice are.
DC

Domestically Challenged said...
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Domestically Challenged said...

Hi Jo
Can't make this link work properly - I did this -
http://the-virtual-bookclub.blogspot.com/
first draft???
DC

Jo said...

Are you trying to make another blog? Hmmm, you are asking a technically challenged person a technical question and I have no idea??? Hmmmm. Thinking. Will try link.

Thank you for the kind words and yes, there is some sunshine, am feeling better. Nothing like a good cry and feeling sorry for yourself for a day to get it back together!

Melissa said...

sexy is as sexy does, no? I think confident people are quite attractive and I love how she encourages us to celebrate ourselves, not demean ourselves.

Jo said...

Hi Melissa!
I just posted my blog which I entitled "beautiful is as beautiful does" and then I read your comment--that is too funny! It is such a good saying! Hope you are having a great day with all your cute boys!

Yolanda Elvira said...

i love it.

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