Friday, February 22, 2013

Pay It Forward: Tell a Woman She's Phenomenal

The poem below is penned by the beautiful, inspiring, one-of-a-kind, Maya Angelou. It reminds us that we are indeed, phenomenal in so many ways. Women, in the ways we carry ourselves exude phenomenal-ness. When Angelique Spruill, of the Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence was asked how she sees beautiful, she thought of this poem. We thought it was an excellent way to think about inviting others to pay it forward as well. How can we let the women in our lives know they're phenomenal. You'll have your own ways, but while you're brainstorming you can be inspired by Maya Angelou...

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 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.
Are you looking for a for a tangible reminder to see beautiful, or know someone who needs one? Check out our See Beautiful products (and feel good knowing a portion of proceeds from every purchase is donated to charity. This month 20% of all product sales will be donated to the Alonzo A. Crim Center for Educational Excellence. Click HERE to learn more. 

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful poem. You're pretty phenomenal yourself!


Thank you for sharing your thoughts & helping others see beautiful too!