Maya Angelou Poems (25 Poems)


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    On The Pulse Of Morning (Maya Angelou Poems)

    A Rock, A River, A TreeHosts to species long since departed,Mark the mastodon.The dinosaur, who left dry tokensOf their sojourn hereOn our planet floor,Any broad alarm of their of their hastening doomIs lost in the gloom of dust and ages.But … Continue reading



    Human Family (Maya Angelou Poems)

    I note the obvious differencesin the human family.Some of us are serious,some thrive on comedy. Some declare their lives are livedas true profundity,and others claim they really livethe real reality. The variety of our skin tonescan confuse, bemuse, delight,brown and … Continue reading



    The Health-Food Diner (Maya Angelou Poems)

    No sprouted wheat and soya shootsAnd Brussels in a cake,Carrot straw and spinach raw,(Today, I need a steak). Not thick brown rice and rice pilawOr mushrooms creamed on toast,Turnips mashed and parsnips hashed,(I’m dreaming of a roast). Health-food folks around … Continue reading



    Preacher, Don’t Send Me (Maya Angelou Poems)

    Preacher, don’t send mewhen I dieto some big ghettoin the skywhere rats eat catsof the leopard typeand Sunday brunchis grits and tripe. I’ve known those ratsI’ve seen them killand grits I’ve hadwould make a hill,or maybe a mountain,so what I … Continue reading



    Old Folks Laugh (Maya Angelou Poems)

    They have spent theircontent of simpering,holding their lips thisand that way, windingthe lines betweentheir brows. Old folksallow their bellies to jiggle like slowtambourines.The hollersrise up and spillover any way they want.When old folks laugh, they free the world.They turn slowly, … Continue reading



    Savior (Maya Angelou Poems)

    Petulant priests, greedycenturions, and one millionincensed gestures standbetween your love and me. Your agape sacrificeis reduced to colored glass,vapid penance, and thetedium of ritual. Your footprints yetmark the crest ofbillowing seas butyour joyfades upon the tabletsof ordained prophets. Visit us … Continue reading



    Refusal (Maya Angelou Poem)

    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. What surety is there That we will meet again, On other worlds some Future time … Continue reading



    Passing Time (Maya Angelou Poem)

    Your skin like dawn Mine like musk One paints the beginning of a certain end. The other, the end of a sure beginning. (Maya Angelou)



    When You Come (Maya Angelou Poem)

    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 too few. Baubles of stolen kisses. Trinkets of borrowed loves. Trunks of secret words, I … Continue reading



    The Rock Cries Out to Us Today (Maya Angelou Poem)

    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 On our planet floor, Any broad alarm of their of their hastening doom Is lost … Continue reading




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