Old Folks Laugh Poem by Maya Angelou

Old Folks Laugh

Rating: 4.5


They have spent their
content of simpering,
holding their lips this
and that way, winding
the lines between
their brows. Old folks
allow their bellies to jiggle like slow
tambourines.
The hollers
rise up and spill
over any way they want.
When old folks laugh, they free the world.
They turn slowly, slyly knowing
the best and the worst
of remembering.
Saliva glistens in
the corners of their mouths,
their heads wobble
on brittle necks, but
their laps
are filled with memories.
When old folks laugh, they consider the promise
of dear painless death, and generously
forgive life for happening
to them.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Topic(s) of this poem: people power
COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Susan Williams 30 December 2015

Saliva glistens in the corners of their mouths, their heads wobble on brittle necks, but their laps are filled with memories. Those are the tell-it-like-it-is words of Maya- one of the most straight-shooting female poets I have ever read.

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Naida Nepascua Supnet 02 June 2015

Oh yes.. it is satisfying to watch old folks laugh. Their laughter speaks of amusement and fulfillment and satisfaction.

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Naida Nepascua Supnet 02 June 2015

When old folks laugh, they laugh with their hearts, they own the world. Their laughter speaks of satisfaction and amusement and fulfillment we are yet to achieve.

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Tom Allport 13 February 2017

a wonderfully observed poem about older people having the freedom to laugh when they want to?

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Tricia Fish 09 December 2017

I love/loved Maya Angelou's poems in her beautifully written greeting cards!

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Sylvia Frances Chan 02 May 2021

Most sympathetic poem about old folks.Congratulations on being chosen as The Modern Poem Of The Day. How loveliest worded. My Congrats to the family of the late great poetess! 5 Stars!

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Dr Dillip K Swain 02 May 2021

Simply I can say this is quite a perceptive poem.

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send help to jose in iss 11 November 2020

me no like it. its way to long

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Suresh Kumar Ek 05 September 2020

the laugh of old folks lauggh, the world wins

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Party girl 13 March 2019

Loveeeeeeeeeeeeee it!

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