Famous Inspirational Poem

In this beautiful and powerful poem, Maya Angelou, teaches us that we are all people, and so much more alike than different. How different the world would be if we all lived this simple truth!

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

Some declare their lives are lived
as true profundity,
and others claim they really live
the real reality.

The variety of our skin tones
can confuse, bemuse, delight,
brown and pink and beige and purple,
tan and blue and white.

I've sailed upon the seven seas
and stopped in every land,
I've seen the wonders of the world
not yet one common man.

I know ten thousand women
called Jane and Mary Jane,
but I've not seen any two
who really were the same.

Mirror twins are different
although their features jibe,
and lovers think quite different thoughts
while lying side by side.

We love and lose in China,
we weep on England's moors,
and laugh and moan in Guinea,
and thrive on Spanish shores.

We seek success in Finland,
are born and die in Maine.
In minor ways we differ,
in major we're the same.

I note the obvious differences
between each sort and type,
but we are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.

We are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.

We are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.

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Has this poem touched you? Share your story!
  • by Mahi
  • 3 months ago

Wow! A great poem and a great writer! I was looking for a poem for elocution competition, and this poem is perfect! Maya, you are the best writer!

  • by Ekponoabasi
  • 9 months ago

Poems from great poets like Maya live on the borders of time and their tastes do not change.

  • by Linda Garfield
  • 9 months ago

How very beautifully written! Worthy of Poem of the Week.

  • by Anuradha
  • 1 year ago

Beautiful. The truth of the world penned down in a poem.

  • by Mentor Exhibit
  • 1 year ago

My source of inspiration. Even though you are not around us, your inspirational writings dwell in us. You shall forever be remembered. A wonderful poem with much diction.

  • by Martin J. Pelser
  • 1 year ago

Beautiful! It's inspirational - both the content of the poem and the way it flows. I've also done my fair share of sailing, so I really enjoyed those references.

  • by Karen
  • 1 year ago

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

  • by Elzada Mack
  • 2 years ago

I love this poem but had not heard it until it was played as part of an advertisement. I have no idea what the ad concerned, however, I had to have a copy of this poem. Wish Mr. Trump could understand this truth. We are more alike than unlike.

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