Maya Angelou Poems

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1.
Phenomenal Woman

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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2.
Still I Rise

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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3.
Caged Bird

The free bird leaps
on the back of the wind
and floats downstream
till the current ends
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4.
Alone

Lying, thinking
Last night
How to find my soul a home
Where water is not thirsty
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5.
Woman Work

I've got the children to tend
The clothes to mend
The floor to mop
The food to shop
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6.
Touched By An Angel

We, unaccustomed to courage
exiles from delight
live coiled in shells of loneliness
until love leaves its high holy temple
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7.
Men

When I was young, I used to
Watch behind the curtains
As men walked up and down the street. Wino men, old men.
Young men sharp as mustard.
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8.
Passing Time

Your skin like dawn
Mine like musk

One paints the beginning
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9.
The Lesson

I keep on dying again.
Veins collapse, opening like the
Small fists of sleeping
Children.
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10.
A Conceit

Give me your hand

Make room for me
to lead and follow
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