Kin Poem by Maya Angelou


Rating: 3.3


We were entwined in red rings
Of blood and loneliness before
The first snows fell
Before muddy rivers seeded clouds
Above a virgin forest, and
Men ran naked, blue and black
Skinned into the warm embraces
Of Sheba, Eve and Lilith.
I was your sister.

You left me to force strangers
Into brother molds, exacting
Taxations they never
Owed or could ever pay.

You fought to die, thinking
In destruction lies the seed
Of birth. You may be right.

I will remember silent walks in
Southern woods and long talks
In low voices
Shielding meaning from the big ears
Of overcurious adults.

You may be right.
Your slow return from
Regions of terror and bloody
Screams, races my heart.
I hear again the laughter
Of children and see fireflies
Bursting tiny explosions in
An Arkansas twilight.

Susan Williams 16 October 2015

there is excruciating beauty in these lines as well as excruciating pain and sorrow- a portrait of life

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Patricia Grantham 17 June 2013

A most enlightening write. Gets to the heart of the matter. Enjoyed.

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Awa Bah 08 April 2014

excellent is enjoyed fascinating

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Madhabi Banerjee 28 May 2016

recollection of childhood days

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yeet that fetis 04 June 2020

in my buthole

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Dorcas Tayire 01 June 2022

This is really fascinating, i read pains and sweetness in these lines. 'Red rings of blood and loneliness' this line is really fascinating.

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Chinedu Dike 01 June 2022

Nicely expressed thoughts and feelings, very heartfelt with strong emotions.....

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lolbit 28 January 2022

good for revision thank u

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yum_yum 28 January 2022

was a nice read

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