Maya Angelou

(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)

On Aging - Poem by Maya Angelou

When you see me sitting quietly,
Like a sack left on the shelf,
Don’t think I need your chattering.
I’m listening to myself.
Hold! Stop! Don’t pity me!
Hold! Stop your sympathy!
Understanding if you got it,
Otherwise I’ll do without it!
When my bones are stiff and aching,
And my feet won’t climb the stair,
I will only ask one favor:
Don’t bring me no rocking chair.
When you see me walking, stumbling,
Don’t study and get it wrong.
‘Cause tired don’t mean lazy
And every goodbye ain’t gone.
I’m the same person I was back then,
A little less hair, a little less chin,
A lot less lungs and much less wind.
But ain’t I lucky I can still breathe in.

Topic(s) of this poem: aging


Comments about On Aging by Maya Angelou

  • Tabbatha Fassler (2/16/2020 1:33:00 PM)

    Wonderful (Report)Reply

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    A phenomenal woman. (Report)Reply

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  • Lauren Jedlan (1/13/2020 7:01:00 PM)

    I've always loved Maya Angelou's writing. When I taught at the community college, I'd present her stories and poems to my students, and they loved them too! I love this poem; it says it all, as only she can do. (Report)Reply

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  • George (11/6/2019 2:24:00 AM)

    100 precent love for this poem.Thanks (Report)Reply

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  • Ann J (5/7/2019 12:47:00 PM)

    Hi
    This is a brilliant poem…I got this for my English from a tuition teacher and I have to annotate it but I'm stuck on the annotating part. Brilliant Poem though! :)
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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (4/6/2019 10:38:00 PM)

    Hold! Stop! Don’t pity me!
    Hold! Stop your sympathy!
    /// powerful urging
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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (4/6/2019 12:47:00 PM)

    Hats off to the positive attitude towards life as also self esteem and self confidence. I liked this poem as also its theme immensely. (Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (4/6/2019 11:03:00 AM)

    When you see me walking, stumbling,
    Don’t study and get it wrong.
    ‘Cause tired don’t mean lazy
    And every goodbye ain’t gone......insightful lines. A brilliant poem.
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  • Rose Marie Juan-austinRose Marie Juan-austin (4/6/2019 9:59:00 AM)

    A powerful and wonderful write
    on aging.
    Beautifully written.
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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (4/6/2019 7:32:00 AM)

    Listening to myself! ! ! !

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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  • Tom Allport (4/6/2019 4:56:00 AM)

    A respectful write of change as seen through aged eyes. (Report)Reply

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  • Sandra Feldman (4/6/2019 4:07:00 AM)

    Superb! And splendidly frank.

    The message comes across
    Crisp, pure, true
    Without no loss.
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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (4/6/2019 12:28:00 AM)

    One of the best poems by Maya Angelou.......... (Report)Reply

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  • Lucky (3/30/2019 3:20:00 AM)

    I really really like it. It remaind me one of my English teacher mr nyamane i love him so much (Report)Reply

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  • Pippa (2/28/2019 8:10:00 AM)

    This is a beautiful poem it is so meaningful (Report)Reply

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  • SAUCEAMENO (5/25/2018 8:51:00 AM)

    THIS WAS MY ENGLISH LITERATURE GCSE POEM
    IT WAS PRETTY FUNNY
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    Liam :)(5/11/2019 5:17:00 PM)

    LOL SAME IT WAS ON SECTION C XD

    Matt C(5/25/2018 10:02:00 AM)

    Hey hey, I got it aswell

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, May 14, 2015

Poem Edited: Thursday, May 14, 2015


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