The Skatalogical Guru

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Phenomenal Woman
BY 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
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.

—Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou

1. Because you’ll try to touch my heart and you’ll cut your hand on six months’ worth of beer bottles.

2. Because you’ll kiss me and I’ll burn your mouth like the end of a lit cigarette.

3. Because I get lost in the dark too easily.

4. Because I’m afraid of heights, and you’re a thirty-foot drop.

5. Because I’m not coffee and raindrops. I am blood stains and heroin.

6. Because in twelve months, you’ll still be flushing me from your veins.

7. Because in twelve months, you’ll still be tangled up in mine.

Seven Reasons Not To Fall In Love WIth Me // heartofthebitter-mindofapoet  (via missxoheather)

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