Creative Writing Poetry

Curve – Discover One Word Prompt

Whenever I hear "curve," I think of women's bodies, then my mind goes to the poem below. I've loved this poem since I was a teenager. It makes me feel confident, sexy and self-assured. For a time, the book was my constant companion. I read this poem so often I knew it by heart. If you hear Maya Angelou read it, it's even better.

Cheers! To all the Phenomenal Women! I hope this poem evokes feelings of sexiness and empowerment!

Phenomenal Woman

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 in my step,
The curve 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.
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 breast,
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 have to 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.

Angelou, Maya. (1994). Phenomenal Woman: Four Poems Celebrating Women. New York, NY: Random House, Inc.

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