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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …