Phenomenal Woman! That’s Me.

Now, I came across this poem very recently, and I can’t believe how I’d ever miss it before. This very powerful and apt peom was quoted in an opening address in the Women Leadership Conclave I attended. One of the greatest poets of our times, all I can do is reproduce her work her. RIP Maya Angelou


Phenomenal Woman (click on this link to listen)

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 for my care.
’Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.



Where are the kids safe??

Just read about a shocking incident in Bangalore, a six year old girl raped by her teacher and another man, her ‘Teacher’ for crying out loud!!

What is wrong with people? Cant keep it their pants? She is a kid! A little kid! Six years old for God’s sake! What does she know, huh? And that sick monster scarred her for life! These SOBs should be castrated in public! There can be no less a punishment for them.

I mean,think how sick and filthy do you have to be do such a thing! To a kid! What makes it worse? The fact that this isn’t the first incident in the school! There have been few more reported incidents which were obviously hushed or brushed under the rug, and am guessing many more unreported incidents. The school is making the parents sign some indemnity form which frees them from any responsibility towards the safety of the students.

If not the school authorities or teachers who else should be held responsible for the safety of the kids, while they are on campus? How can it be even legal? They said the teachers are outsourced and hence the role of the school is unclear. What does that even mean? Just because you hired an agency does not mean you don’t have to take care of your students, does it? What if the child was yours? Would you still have the same stand? Wouldn’t you just rip the head off that man?

I can not imagine the plight of the parents who send their wards to such prestigious schools in hopes of getting them a higher and brighter future. The kind of fear they would live in with these incidents making news every other day.

The school was the most safe place for me when I was a kid, and I know for a fact that my parents never had to worry till the time I was there. But now, when I hear all this going around, I have second thoughts about bringing a child in this world.

Where are they safe??