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Rise and Shine: Woman with Arms Outstretched at Sunrise - Ready to Take on the Day


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 of my waist,

And the joy in my feet.

I’m a woman


Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.


Maya Angelou chose to shine as herself rather than as the person the world told her she had to be in order to be accepted…and it made all the difference to her and to the world.  Who would you be if you chose to shine as yourself?  Your light just might transform the world…and you.