To kick off the start of Share and Shine Sundays I am going to share with you one of my favorite poems Phenomenal Woman By Maya Angelou. I suggest that you take a moment to read this poem and consider how it makes you “feel” Then take a look at the follow-up questions and answer a few if you wish in the comments area….

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


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.

Questions To Consider:

  • How does this poem make you feel? Why?
  • Did you enjoy reading it? Why/Why Not?
  • What would you change about it if you could? Why?
  • Are there any errors, typos, or other suggestions that you can point out to the writer?
  • If you had to describe this poem in one word, which word would you use?
  • How would you explain this poem to some who has yet to read it? What is it about?
  • If you had to rate this poem on a scale of 1 – 5 (1 = worst and 5 = best) What would you rate it? Why?
  • Do you have any other thoughts, comments, ideas or suggestions for this writer that would help to improve this piece?
    (e.g. was there anything lacking, anything you wished was more detailed, anything that left you wondering or waiting..etc..)

As Always You Are Encouraged To Share Your Comments


The main focus of “Share and Shine Sunday’s” is going to be having a place for writers to connect and help one another to grow. Anyone is welcome to share their writing (in any form) and have readers share their thoughts, opinions, and suggestions on the piece. You can choose to do this openly, or simply let me know that you wish to remain anonymous and I will post your piece without anyone having to know where it came from…
(Should you choose to post anonymously I will send a verification email to you that will be a way of protecting your rights to your work and to ensure that no one else can take credit for your writing.)

Also welcome for Share and Shine Sundays are any writing questions, issues, or problems that you would like help resolving/answering. So send in any questions or concerns you may have….

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Until Next Time…

Write On!