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

  • (6/7/2019 10:50:00 AM)

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

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  • (5/20/2019 9:08:00 AM)

    I think this poem is OK
    👌🏻👌🏻
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  • (9/10/2018 5:14:00 PM)

    This poem good! It made me happy (Report)Reply

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  • Rajnish 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 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 (Report)Reply

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

    Such a great poem by Maya Angelou👍👍👍 (Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab 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 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 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 (Report)Reply

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

    Not a poem that says a lot. We are all unique. (Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi Louis (6/3/2018 12:21:00 AM)

    Differences in Life! !

    Humanity!

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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  • (2/15/2018 10:45:00 AM)

    i love this poem it is so inspiering (Report)Reply

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  • (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

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  • (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

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  • (3/16/2016 6:59:00 AM)

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

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  • 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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