poet Maya Angelou

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.

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.

Topic(s) of this poem: family

Poem Submitted: Thursday, December 4, 2014

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  • Suresh Kumar EkSuresh Kumar Ek (9/5/2020 9:25:00 AM)

    unity in diversity, we feel it

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  • Deepak Kumar Pattanayak (8/31/2020 11:49:00 PM)

    Universal feelings as world family so nicely authored by great poetess 10+++++

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (8/31/2020 10:51:00 PM)

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

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (8/31/2020 10:35:00 PM)

    in this world the humans are the wisest and crown creation. All over the world the humans are found but no one is same, no culture is same, no belief is same, no thought is same, no language is same, no feelings of happiness and sorrow is same; though someone thinks that they are happy or sad; but if we the peoples of the world live together, work together, enjoy together then this world will be a peaceful family; But it is never supposed to happen

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (8/31/2020 10:35:00 PM)

    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.
    ........beautiful poem penned;

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  • Lyn PaulLyn Paul (8/31/2020 4:29:00 PM)

    Now in 2020 the world is becoming inhumane.
    More war and Political parties not respecting each other.

    A beautiful poem that expresses kindness.

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  • Howard The Motivational Poet SimonHoward The Motivational Poet Simon (8/31/2020 1:37:00 PM)

    Wonderful words of wisdom by a great, great poet!

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  • Glen KappyGlen Kappy (8/31/2020 7:27:00 AM)

    I find myself recalling a recording of Maya Angelou herself reading this poem in her warm voice. And what a good message! In a time when many experiment with verse to the point of being weird and obtuse, Angelou dares to write poems that speak accessibly and memorably to our human condition. Hers is a poetry of sound as well as sight. -GK

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  • Late OctoberLate October (8/31/2020 2:48:00 AM)

    Yet people get banned for a minor different opinion and a point of view.

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (4/6/2020 7:22:00 AM)

    We seek success in Finland,
    are born and die in Maine.
    In minor ways we differ,
    in major we're the same. The great vision of the human family, this is the vision of God. tony

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  • Rosie (6/7/2019 10:50:00 AM)

    This poem is a great way to spread the message of equality and hwo everyone is unique

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  • REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE (5/20/2019 9:08:00 AM)

    I think this poem is OK
    👌🏻👌🏻

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  • Glenika Taylia (9/10/2018 5:14:00 PM)

    This poem good! It made me happy

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (6/3/2018 12:49:00 PM)

    In minor ways we differ,
    in major we're the same.... //.... A simple poem with a great message for the entire mankind.

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  • Glen KappyGlen Kappy (6/3/2018 6:29:00 AM)

    As I read this I recall Angelou’s warm voice reciting it. This poem is so simple and accessible a young child can understand it. Yet the message is one all of us, at any age, should hold in our hearts. -GK

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (6/3/2018 2:31:00 AM)

    Such a great poem by Maya Angelou👍👍👍

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (6/3/2018 2:10:00 AM)

    greatly written-

    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,

    these are reflection of worlds dweller here, there and everywhere-

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


    really a fabulous writer was she

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  • Britte NinadBritte Ninad (6/3/2018 1:20:00 AM)

    what a great philosophical note -

    Mirror twins are different
    although their features jibe,

    and

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


    wow greatest writings

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  • Muzahidul RezaMuzahidul Reza (6/3/2018 1:11:00 AM)

    Human is a one great family in the earth, we all should try to develop this family without harming a little of it, well done, thanks for sharing this great poem with us

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  • Robert Murray SmithRobert Murray Smith (6/3/2018 12:45:00 AM)

    Not a poem that says a lot. We are all unique.

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