Human Family Poem by Maya Angelou

Human Family

Rating: 4.7


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.

Thursday, December 4, 2014
Topic(s) of this poem: family
COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Susan Williams 16 October 2015

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

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Ernest Makuakua 14 April 2016

beautifully said maya

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Ratnakar Mandlik 16 March 2016

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

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Ratnakar Mandlik 16 March 2016

The gospel truth identified, We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike.

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Geff M 21 November 2016

The simplicity and profundity of her message is mind-boggling..

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Suresh Kumar Ek 05 September 2020

unity in diversity, we feel it

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Deepak Kumar Pattanayak 31 August 2020

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

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Dr Antony Theodore 31 August 2020

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 Bangalee 31 August 2020

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 Bangalee 31 August 2020

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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