Wheat Field

Favorite Poems

By my favorite Poets

Allison's Choices

 

Maya Angelou (1928 – 2014)

Phenomenal Woman

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
Phenomenally.
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
Phenomenally.
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

Phenomenally.
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
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.



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Source: https://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/phenomenal-woman-by-maya-angelou

Maya Angelou was a much celebrated American Writer and poet. Among her many awards was the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2010.

 

Robert Frost (1874 - 1963)


The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveler, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth;

 

Then took the other, as just as fair,

And having perhaps the better claim,

Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

Though as for that the passing there

Had worn them really about the same,

 

And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way,

I doubted if I should ever come back.

 

I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

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An American poet, Robert Frost's work was initially published in England before it was published in the United States. One of the most celebrated figures in American poetry he won 4 Pulitzer prizes and was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 1960 for his poetic works. He was Poet Laureate of the state of Vermont.

 

Derek Walcott  (1930 - 2017)

Love after Love

The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other's welcome,

and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.

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Source: Allpoetry.com

Derek Walcott won the 1992 Nobel Prize for Literature. He was a native of the Caribbean, born in Saint Lucia, and lived many of his adult years in Trinidad and in the US.

 

Alice Walker  (1944 - )

We Alone

We alone can devalue gold
by not caring
if it falls or rises
in the marketplace.

 

Wherever there is gold
there is a chain, you know,
and if your chain
is gold
so much the worse
for you.


Feathers, shells
and sea-shaped stones
are all as rare.

This could be our revolution:
to love what is plentiful
as much as
what's scarce.

 

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Source: alicewalkergarden.com

Alice Walker is an American novelist, short-story writer, poet and social activist.  She is best known for her novel The Color Purple for which she won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1982.  This was also the book that Steven Spielberg turned into a megahit movie under the same title.