A Conceit – Maya Angelou

Give me your hand Make room for me to lead and follow you beyond this rage of poetry. Let others have the privacy of touching…

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Alone – Maya Angelou

Lying, thinking Last night How to find my soul a home Where water is not thirsty And bread loaf is not stone I came up…

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Insomniac – Maya Angelou

There are some nights when sleep plays coy, aloof and disdainful. And all the wiles that I employ to win its service to my side…

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Men – Maya Angelou

When I was young, I used to Watch behind the curtains As men walked up and down the street. Wino men, old men. Young men…

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Million Man March Poem – Maya Angelou

The night has been long, The wound has been deep, The pit has been dark, And the walls have been steep. Under a dead blue…

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Touched by An Angel – Maya Angelou

We, unaccustomed to courage exiles from delight live coiled in shells of loneliness until love leaves its high holy temple and comes into our sight…

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Momma Welfare Roll – Maya Angelou

Her arms semaphore fat triangles, Pudgy HANDS bunched on layered hips Where bones idle under years of fatback And lima beans. Her jowls shiver in…

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Passing Time – Maya Angelou

Your skin like dawn Mine like musk One paints the beginning of a certain end. The other, the end of a sure beginning. ~ Passing…

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Phenomenal Woman – Maya Angelou

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,…

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Refusal – Maya Angelou

Beloved, In what other lives or lands Have I known your lips Your Hands Your Laughter brave Irreverent. Those sweet excesses that I do adore….

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Remembrance – Maya Angelou

Your hands easy weight, teasing the bees hived in my hair, your smile at the slope of my cheek. On the occasion, you press above…

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The Lesson – Maya Angelou

I keep on dying again. Veins collapse, opening like the Small fists of sleeping Children. Memory of old tombs, Rotting flesh and worms do Not…

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The Rock Cries Out to Us Today – Maya Angelou

A Rock, A River, A Tree Hosts to species long since departed, Mark the mastodon. The dinosaur, who left dry tokens Of their sojourn here…

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Touched by An Angel – Maya Angelou

We, unaccustomed to courage exiles from delight live coiled in shells of loneliness until love leaves its high holy temple and comes into our sight…

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Weekend Glory – Maya Angelou

Some clichty folks don’t know the facts, posin’ and preenin’ and puttin’ on acts, stretchin’ their backs. They move into condos up over the ranks,…

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When You Come – Maya Angelou

When you come to me, unbidden, Beckoning me To long-ago rooms, Where memories lie. Offering me, as to a child, an attic, Gatherings of days…

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Woman Work – Maya Angelou

I’ve got the children to tend The clothes to mend The floor to mop The food to shop Then the chicken to fry The baby…

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First best is falling in love Second best is being in love Least best is falling out of love But any of it is better than never having been in love Maya Angelou

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Preacher, Don’t Send Me By Maya Angelou

Preacher, Don’t Send Me ———- Maya Angelou Preacher, don’t send me when I die to some big ghetto in the sky where rats eat cats…

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When You Come By Maya Angelou

When You Come ———- Maya Angelou When you come to me, unbidden, Beckoning me To long-ago rooms, Where memories lie. Offering me, as to a…

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Million Man March Poem By Maya Angelou

Million Man March Poem ———- Maya Angelou The night has been long, The wound has been deep, The pit has been dark, And the walls…

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The Lesson By Maya Angelou

The Lesson ———- Maya Angelou I keep on dying again. Veins collapse, opening like the Small fists of sleeping Children. Memory of old tombs, Rotting…

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Alone By Maya Angelou

Alone ———- Maya Angelou Lying, thinking Last night How to find my soul a home Where water is not thirsty And bread loaf is not…

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Pickin Em Up And Layin Em Down By Maya Angelou

Pickin Em Up and Layin Em Down ———- Maya Angelou There’s a long-legged girl in San Francisco by the Golden Gate. She said she’d give…

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We Had Him By Maya Angelou

We Had Him ———- Maya Angelou Beloveds, now we know that we know nothing Now that our bright and shining star can slip away from…

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Insomniac By Maya Angelou

Insomniac ———- Maya Angelou There are some nights when sleep plays coy, aloof and disdainful. And all the wiles that I employ to win its…

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The Detached By Maya Angelou

The Detached ———- Maya Angelou We die, Welcoming Bluebeards to our darkening closets, Stranglers to our outstretched necks, Stranglers, who neither care nor care to…

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Ain’t That Bad By Maya Angelou

Ain’t That Bad ———- Maya Angelou Dancin’ the funky chicken Eatin’ ribs and tips Diggin’ all the latest sounds And drinkin’ gin in sips. Puttin’…

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Phenomenal Woman By Maya Angelou

Phenomenal Woman ———- Maya Angelou Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size But when…

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Weekend Glory By Maya Angelou

Weekend Glory ———- Maya Angelou Some clichty folks don’t know the facts, posin’ and preenin’ and puttin’ on acts, stretchin’ their backs. They move into…

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In All Ways A Woman By Maya Angelou

In All Ways A Woman ———- Maya Angelou In my young years I took pride in the fact that luck was called a lady. In…

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The Black Family Pledge By Maya Angelou

The Black Family Pledge ———- Maya Angelou BECAUSE we have forgotten our ancestors, our children no longer give us honor. BECAUSE we have lost the…

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A Conceit By Maya Angelou

A Conceit ———- Maya Angelou Give me your hand Make room for me to lead and follow you beyond this rage of poetry. Let others…

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On The Pulse Of Morning By Maya Angelou

On The Pulse Of Morning ———- Maya Angelou A Rock, A River, A Tree Hosts to species long since departed, Mark the mastodon. The dinosaur,…

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When Great Trees Fall By Maya Angelou

When Great Trees Fall ———- Maya Angelou When great trees fall, rocks on distant hills shudder, lions hunker down in tall grasses, and even elephants…

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I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings By Maya Angelou

I know why the caged bird sings ———- Maya Angelou A free bird leaps on the back Of the wind and floats downstream Till the…

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Still I Rise By Maya Angelou

Still I Rise ———- Maya Angelou You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may tread me in the very…

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A Plagued Journey By Maya Angelou

A Plagued Journey ———- Maya Angelou There is no warning rattle at the door nor heavy feet to stomp the foyer boards. Safe in the…

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Our Grandmothers By Maya Angelou

Our Grandmothers ———- Maya Angelou She lay, skin down in the moist dirt, the canebrake rustling with the whispers of leaves, and loud longing of…

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These Yet To Be United States By Maya Angelou

These Yet To Be United States ———- Maya Angelou Tremors of your network cause kings to disappear. Your open mouth in anger makes nations bow…

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Human Family By Maya Angelou

Human Family ———- Maya Angelou I note the obvious differences in the human family. Some of us are serious, some thrive on comedy. Some declare…

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Song For The Old Ones By Maya Angelou

Song for the Old Ones ———- Maya Angelou My Fathers sit on benches their flesh counts every plank the slats leave dents of darkness deep…

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A Brave And Startling Truth By Maya Angelou

A Brave And Startling Truth ———- Maya Angelou We, this people, on a small and lonely planet Traveling through casual space Past aloof stars, across…

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On Aging By Maya Angelou

On Aging ———- Maya Angelou When you see me sitting quietly, Like a sack left on the shelf, Don’t think I need your chattering. I’m…

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They Went Home By Maya Angelou

They Went Home ———- Maya Angelou They went home and told their wives, that never once in all their lives, had they known a girl…

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Harlem Hopscotch By Maya Angelou

Harlem Hopscotch ———- Maya Angelou One foot down, then hop! It’s hot. Good things for the ones that’s got. Another jump, now to the left….

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Son To Mother By Maya Angelou

Son to Mother ———- Maya Angelou I start no wars, raining poison on cathedrals, melting Stars of David into golden faucets to be lighted by…

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Old Folks Laugh By Maya Angelou

Old Folks Laugh ———- Maya Angelou They have spent their content of simpering, holding their lips this and that way, winding the lines between their…

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The Week Of Diana By Maya Angelou

The Week of Diana ———- Maya Angelou The dark lantern of world sadness has cast its shadow upon the land. We stumble into our misery…

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Glory Falls By Maya Angelou

Glory Falls ———- Maya Angelou Glory falls around us as we sob a dirge of desolation on the Cross and hatred is the ballast of…

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Savior By Maya Angelou

Savior ———- Maya Angelou Petulant priests, greedy centurions, and one million incensed gestures stand between your love and me. Your agape sacrifice is reduced to…

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Momma Welfare Roll By Maya Angelou

Momma Welfare Roll ———- Maya Angelou Her arms semaphore fat triangles, Pudgy hands bunched on layered hips Where bones idle under years of fatback And…

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The Rock Cries Out To Us Today By Maya Angelou

The Rock Cries Out to Us Today ———- Maya Angelou A Rock, A River, A Tree Hosts to species long since departed, Mark the mastodon….

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Equality By Maya Angelou

Equality ———- Maya Angelou You declare you see me dimly through a glass which will not shine, though I stand before you boldly, trim in…

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Televised By Maya Angelou

Televised ———- Maya Angelou Televised news turns a half-used day into a waste of desolation. If nothing wondrous preceded the catastrophic announcements, certainly nothing will…

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Life Doesn’t Frighten Me By Maya Angelou

Life Doesn’t Frighten Me ———- Maya Angelou Shadows on the wall Noises down the hall Life doesn’t frighten me at all Bad dogs barking loud…

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Touched By An Angel By Maya Angelou

Touched By An Angel ———- Maya Angelou We, unaccustomed to courage exiles from delight live coiled in shells of loneliness until love leaves its high…

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California Prodigal By Maya Angelou

California Prodigal ———- Maya Angelou FOR DAVID P—B The eye follows, the land Slips upward, creases down, forms The gentle buttocks of a young Giant….

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Remembrance By Maya Angelou

Remembrance ———- Maya Angelou Your hands easy weight, teasing the bees hived in my hair, your smile at the slope of my cheek. On the…

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When I Think About Myself By Maya Angelou

When I Think About Myself ———- Maya Angelou When I think about myself, I almost laugh myself to death, My life has been one great…

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