Phenomenal woman

I can say that I’m thankful to be a woman and proud to be a black woman!
As a woman of color, the first thing you notice about me is my skin complexion.  If you say you dont see color, then you dont see me. My blackness is a part of who I am.
As a black woman we are faced with many obstacles and challenges, however we continue to defy all odds and persevere. We have to continue to work together. If my sister or friend win, I win! Im celebrating their success like it was my own.
In honor of black history month I wanted to share one of my favorite poems from a phenomenal woman, Maya Angelou.

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

Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord , she shall be praised.
Proverbs 31:30 KJV

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