Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Phenomenal Woman

One of my favourite poems of all time is a poem by Maya Angelou called "Phenomenal Woman".

I am sending this out to the all the PHENOMENAL women who are on this crazy roller coaster ride called adoption. Whether you are just starting, waiting for a referral, waiting for court or travel or are already home with your wee ones...

...without all of you, this would be a much harder journey. Thanks for all your love and support.

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.

Maya Angelou


Rhonda and Kristin said...

Right back at you!

Tammy said...

Yah, what Rhonda said...right back at you!
My new favourite song right now is Superwoman by Alisha Keys (sp?), great song!

Sherri said...

Love it! oh and I love Superwoman too Tammy!


haze said...

Oh My God, I haven't read that poem in so long and I LOVE IT. It always makes me smile and sit up a bit straighter.

Thank you sister Rana and all my sisters out there!

Stephanie said...

What a beautiful poem!! Makes me proud to be a woman and thankful for all the other phenomenal women I know!! Thanks for sharing!

Steph ;-)

Anonymous said...

Oh my god Rana, I love that poem! I am going to copy it and put it up somewhere. Thanks. Great way to start a day. I will swing my hips a littlw more today!

K_I_T_ said...

Never read that before. We are on the rollercoaster ride of adopting from Ethiopia as well. Nice to read your blog.

K_I_T_ said...

Hey, I was just looking at your timeline. We are with CAFAC and our dossier arrived in Ethiopia in Mid-end Jan of 08 as well! Our refferal is for 0-18 month girl..

Kristen and Dave said...

Love it!!

Rowan Family Tree said...

Wonderful - that's a lovely verse... I think I will make a poster or something of this for my sister :-)


PS I love Maya Angelou