Phenomenal ‘WOMEN’!…

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The following was a poem that I wrote while being inspired by Maya Angelou’s poem ‘Phenomenal Woman’.

Maya’s poem, ‘Phenomenal Woman’ is one of my most favorite poems in the world. My second favorite is William Henley’s poem, ‘Invictus’. I have copied Maya’s poem below. Interestingly, I will follow her poem with a poem of my own. Although, it is, by no means, as good as hers, she was definitely, my inspiration. You will see the similarities. The similarities having to do with nothing short of self-worth.

OK…Here we go…

Phenomenal Woman

By Maya Angelou

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/178942

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 for my care.
’Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Maya Angelou, “Phenomenal Woman” from And Still I Rise. Copyright © 1978 by Maya Angelou. Used by permission of Random House, Inc.

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Now, for the poem that I wrote while being inspired by Maya (and also gang stalked). By my opinion, Maya was the most effective, influential poet that has ever lived.

We miss you Maya! You have definitely accomplished more than you have ever imagined. RIP.

“Scened In My Beauty”

By mstmha aka Moody EmPo aka Tiffany Hood-Acolatse

They try to take you away

From that place that completes you.

That something that makes you whole.

With no explanation for the cause of things

to justify your happenings.

For this they are truly bold.

For pushing that crazing negativity

That surrounds you.

So shameful and cold.

Why did they not like my sweetened smile?

Obvious to its benign?

Why did they not care for my mothering touch?

The touch where empty souls revived?

Why did they hate my encouraging sound?

Clear like summer chimes?

Why did they despise the gleam in my eyes

derived from the pride of my desires?

Did they fear my walk like a supermodel primed

when I glided on the scene unsigned?

Did it make them upset because of my personifying youth?

Were they hatin’ on my shine?

Why did it hurt because I was not them,

priding in someone’s demise?

Could they not stand it that my life brought differences?

Did they hope I would not survive?

Did they find jealousy in my elegant physique or

in my sexy stride?

Please elaborate on why I was over-sexed.

Did my lovingingness come as a surprise.

You said that I was an incurable dreamer.

Did my reality make you cry?

Were they disgruntled when I ignored their drama

as I towered above their lies.

Did they despise the way I ignored them

when my name was blasphemised.

How did it feel after causing a scene

and my body still danced the Jive?

Of course, my life is not perfect

in my queen-dom, so refined.

You fester on why you are not scened in my beauty?

Well, in my rhyme, I am God’s loving kind.

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