NaPoWriMo 2020 – Day 15 – “The Need for a Woman” by David Ellis – A Found Poem Inspired by “Phenomenal Woman” by Maya Angelou

Hey there everyone.

I’m participating in NaPoWriMo 2020, if you aren’t following the NaPoWriMo website already then go check it out at

Today I have written a romantic found poem celebrating women by using the incredibly inspirational Maya Angelou as my own inspiration.

I used her poem “Phenomenal Woman” and you can read the lyrics to her sassy poem below.

Read “Phenomenal Woman” by Maya Angelou over at Poetry Foundation

Finally, here is my own found poem, thank you for reading and good luck with all of your NaPoWriMo adventures throughout this month!


Image by JL G from Pixabay

“The Need for a Woman” by David Ellis

Women – wonder where secret lies?
I say
It’s in the reach, the span, the stride
The curl of lips
A woman that’s just as cool as you please
Their honey, the fire in eyes
The swing and joy, in a woman
They see so much inner mystery
Try to show the sun of smile
The ride of grace, of style
A woman you understand, shout about
To make you proud
The need for a woman



If you write any inspirational poetry then you should check out Auroras & Blossoms Poetry Journal. They are working on a special anthology issue focusing on inspirational poetry written during the period of NaPoWriMo this year! For more information, check out their submission guidelines here.

Auroras & Blossoms also accepts submissions of inspirational poetry all year round from adults and children aged 13-16 for their regular quarterly issues. Issue 3 is out now, so make sure to get yourself a copy soon!



3 thoughts on “NaPoWriMo 2020 – Day 15 – “The Need for a Woman” by David Ellis – A Found Poem Inspired by “Phenomenal Woman” by Maya Angelou

    • Thank you for appreciating my poems! 🙂 A found poem is a poem that takes a piece of text, which can be a passage from a novel, article, play, newspaper, other poem, recipe, or any piece of writing and then the writer can cut away at the poem until they find the words they are looking for and can then make new poems out of them. So far I have done this for Edgar Allan Poe and Shakespeare (I currently have two full books of found poetry published). I intend to write many more over the coming months and years 🙂

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