Maya Angelou

(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)

Human Family - Poem by Maya Angelou

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


Comments about Human Family by Maya Angelou

  • (11/21/2016 3:07:00 PM)


    The simplicity and profundity of her message is mind-boggling.. (Report) Reply

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  • Ernest Makuakua (4/14/2016 8:30:00 AM)


    beautifully said maya (Report) Reply

  • (3/16/2016 7:00:00 AM)


    The gospel truth identified, We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike. Great poem by a great soul. (Report) Reply

  • (3/16/2016 6:59:00 AM)


    The gospel truth identified, We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike. (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (10/16/2015 7:25:00 PM)


    sing that gospel, sister, sing it again and again- let it ring in your verses let it ring in through your life (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, December 4, 2014



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