Poems by Maya Angelou

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Human Family By Maya Angelou

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Human Family

I note the obvious differences
in the human family.
Some of us are serious,
some thrive on comedy.

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Amen, Maya! You're wisdom is sorely missed. May God bless you!! You truly were one of the Lord's prophets!

Still I Rise By Maya Angelou

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Still I Rise

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You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise....

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The poem has enormously moved me. Right now I'm in a difficult and hurtful situation, but reading brings me comfort.

Caged Bird By Maya Angelou

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Caged Bird

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The free bird leaps
on the back of the wind
and floats downstream
till the current ends

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I remember this poem from my guided reading class in 5th grade. I remember it well. This poem really touched me, and reading it again just made my day. This poem, I remember it being about...

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Phenomenal Woman By Maya Angelou

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Phenomenal Woman

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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.

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@Monica Jones,
Thank you for sharing so honestly and with such sincere words the circumstances you went through in the process of realizing your worth and eventually moving forward...

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