Updated: Dec 31, 2022
by Baderha Bujiriri & Shelby Barthelemy
Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cure or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
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
What does a phenomenal woman look like to you?
~ A woman who is learning to unapologetically
embrace the parts of herself that society
often tells her to be ashamed of.
She defines herself.
~ A woman who is patient with herself
and has faith in her greatness.
I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellow stands 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
Who would you say inspires you to be a phenomenal woman?
~ My mother truly does inspire me to be a phenomenal woman.
She always created a space for me
to express myself in whatever way I felt
and for that I am grateful.
She is a phenomenal woman in her gentle,
caring nature and in the love she gives to everyone.
~ My mother, and I know that’s what
everyone says but it’s hard not to.
I don’t know who I’d be without her,
and I’m forever thankful for who I am becoming
because of her.
Having someone who holds so much
hope, love, and sacrifice for you is a privilege.