One woman who continues to inspire me whenever I have moments of low confidence and self doubt is Maya Angelou. She was an American poet and civil rights activist and a remarkable writer with an impressive 7 autobiographies, books of essay and poetry. She has been credited in plays, movies and TV for over 50 years.

I especially love her poem, ‘Phenomenal Woman’ because it oozes confidences and sass. Whenever I read the poem, its a cue to any inner self-sabotaging thoughts to STFU. After reading the poem, I do a little dance, shake and shimmy all my sillies out. If you give it a go, you’d immediately feel better afterwards. Trust me.

You can hear her recite the poem in the video below.

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.

I’d love to know what poems you love or if you write them, please do share them with me.