Maya Angelou

(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)

Refusal - Poem by 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.
What surety is there
That we will meet again,
On other worlds some
Future time undated.
I defy my body's haste.
Without the promise
Of one more sweet encounter
I will not deign to die.


Comments about Refusal by Maya Angelou

  • Veteran Poet - 1,026 Points Thabani Khumalo (6/16/2015 8:46:00 AM)

    I have a vision to write like this, only if god would bless me enough to.. (Report) Reply

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  • Veteran Poet - 1,026 Points Thabani Khumalo (6/16/2015 8:45:00 AM)

    I have a vision to write like this, only if god would bless me enough to (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 4,240 Points Primrose Tee (7/2/2014 12:54:00 PM)

    Sad but wonderful.nice work (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 942 Points Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (5/29/2014 10:47:00 AM)

    Beyond those lips, and those hands
    One day I'll find true love and bliss
    Beyond mortal desires and promised lands
    When He calls me to be forever His.........

    I welcome all to my page too....... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 178 Points Brian Jani (4/26/2014 5:14:00 PM)

    Awesome I like this poem, check mine out  (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 4,662 Points Patricia Grantham (6/17/2013 9:15:00 PM)

    What a powerful rendition on unrequited love.
    Opportunity will come again. A good write. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 4,662 Points Patricia Grantham (6/17/2013 9:15:00 PM)

    What a powerful rendition on unrequited love.
    Opportunity will come again. A good write. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Gabriela Markova (4/5/2012 8:19:00 AM)

    i can so rely. one of my favourite! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Marialenn Langendoen (8/14/2011 8:28:00 AM)

    One of my favourites, awesome, phenomenal and dignified (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ramesh Adwant (5/24/2010 8:41:00 AM)

    The passion of love is such. But finding the right expression to convey feelings is a skill indeed and I could feel how it feels when one is deeply in love. I really liked the poem (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 57 Points Mark Anthony St. Rose (1/14/2010 7:26:00 PM)

    interesting poem. a bit simple though (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Paul Julian (12/30/2009 9:47:00 PM)

    THE TIRE YARD
    search it you wont regret it (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Lesley Merrin (8/4/2009 9:01:00 AM)

    There are no rules for poetry surely William. That is why it is poetry. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie William Rodenberg (6/20/2009 3:33:00 PM)

    My complaint simply is this. The works of Maya Angelou fail to enteract with the realm of symbolism. Symbolism is the poet's safe haven, a cavern in which they dwell to reflect upon the hours. It is how they express themselves to accuratley relate to others experiences and thoughts. Without the use of symbolism the poem has only a foundation but no would and nails. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Lungelwa Mnyamana (10/24/2007 7:39:00 AM)

    This poem is too beautiful and a bit sad... anyone who has been in a 'what could have been' love situation will definately relate and take comort. A lot of people do come across what could be their greates love but distance or circumstances prevails... and all that you are left with is the good memories of that great moment. Beautiful! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Not a member No 4 (10/27/2006 3:48:00 PM)

    In my view this has much more power than Phenomenal Woman. So succinct and so poignant in its depiction of the power and essence of the boundless emotion of love. It strikes right to the heart of the matter in a handful of words. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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