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Intimidation Conquered Phenomenally

Inspired by Maya Angelou's "Phenomenal Woman"

 

She was once called a phenomenal woman

But it seems that

the reach of her arms

the span of her hips

the stride in her step

and the curl of her lips

made some feel intimidated

 

When she walked into the room

 with her head held high

shoulders back

and a smirk as cool as you please

They no longer swarmed in public

but hid behind their masks

attempting to slide into her happiness

like a hive of honeybees

 

It was the fire in her eyes

the determination of her thoughts

the flash of her teeth

the regality in her walk

the swing and curve of her waist

the precision of her poise

the joy in her feet

and the power of her voice

that caused her to be esteemed phenomenally

 Models- Antonio Dilworth, Zuri Johnson  Stylist- All Is Fair In Love & Fashion, RaeShanda Johnson  Photographer- Joe Goodwin

Models- Antonio Dilworth, Zuri Johnson

Stylist- All Is Fair In Love & Fashion, RaeShanda Johnson

Photographer- Joe Goodwin

 

But men themselves have wondered

how she stands so tall

They've cut her down

and buried her worth

and blamed her for it all

But from the seeds they've planted

the pressures that she's bore

It's the arch of her back

the perspiration of her brow

the medals of honor pinned to her chest

the grace of her style

she stands not intimidating but phenomenally

 

Now understand this

just why her head's not bowed

Nor does she whine or beg

or hide amongst the crowd.

When you see her passing

it ought to make you proud.

It's in the click of her heels

the coil of her curls

the clenching of her fist

the protection of her pearls

She stands as a woman

Not intimidating but phenomenally

Phenomenal woman

That is she.

~Zuri Ashanti' Johnson ©