Thursday, April 9, 2009

PHENOMENAL WOMAN- that's me.....

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.

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.

from-- And Still I Rise by Maya Angelou copyright © 1978 by Maya Angelou.

Pictures of some phenomenal women from my last trip to India -September 2008.


Jeevan said...

Beautiful post on women! So true they are mystery even thought we discover there inner.

Ash said...

Wonderful post! Made my day. Thank you so much for sharing!

raMmY said...

absolutely marvelous!! very well crafted!! kudos to u !!


Sujata said...

I agree Jeevan!

Sujata said...

Thanks Ash, I am glad you enjoyed this post.

Sujata said...

Hey thanks RaMmy!

Roshni Mitra Chintalapati said...

Thanks for visiting my blog!
What a great poem. And, you are a gifted photographer!

Sujata said...

thanks Roshni!

dharmabum said...

beautiful pictures!

Gauri Gharpure said...

enjoyed the poem and loved the photos. especially the one of a woman with a large bindi..

SGD said...

One my my favourite poems!! And how beautifully you'd added value to it through the gorgeous pics!!!
Thanks for stopping over at my blog....

Shuuro said...

they all have beautiful smiles, well captured.



Catherine said...

What gorgeous women! You have a lovely touch with your camera. Thank you for stopping by my little blog as well! Honored to have your comment.

alok said...

Truly phenomenal! and very beautifully put forward ...

Thanks for sharing and have a great week ahead.

Pea said...

Lovely post and striking pictures!!

Sujata said...

dharmabum- thanks, I am glad you liked the pictures~

Sujata said...

Thanks Gauri. Her picture was taken in Pushkar. She was visiting with a large group of may be family and same friends.

Sujata said...

SGD I like this poem a lot too! Thanks for the generous words.
Thanks for stopping over my blog, do visit again.

Sujata said...

Thanks Shurro. I thought so too....about the smiles!

Sujata said...



Sujata said...

Thanks Catherine. I am honored to have your comment too.

Sujata said...

Alok...thank you for your generous words!
Hope you had a nice weekend too!

Sujata said...

Thanks Pea..I really wanted to share this poem!

jeannette stgermain said...

Thanks for the comment on the irises. How did you find my blog?I really like this post: Beautiful women, and very colorful clothing,

Sujata said...

Thanks Jeannette. I think I got connected though another blog where you had posted a very thoughtful comment.


This is a lovley post with great pictures and the excellent poem. Thanks for sharing - and for visiting my post.

Mampi said...

i would say it is the poem that complements the pictures rather than the other way round.
beautifully done.
true tribute to the indian woman...

AS said...


first tym here ..loved ur blog :)
Indian ladies are best in the world esp. rural women deserve a clap :)