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

  • Petals Azureblue (7/14/2018 8:37:00 AM)


    I agree. No pity needed. Just understanding. Perfect plea... (Report) Reply

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  • (5/25/2018 8:51:00 AM)


    THIS WAS MY ENGLISH LITERATURE GCSE POEM
    IT WAS PRETTY FUNNY
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    (5/25/2018 10:02:00 AM)

    Hey hey, I got it aswell

  • (3/11/2018 7:26:00 PM)


    i found out that this Poem shows meaningful idea about our grandparents of how we think wrongly about them but mostly of how we under estimated the poem this is so lovely showing us some manners and so encouraging thankk you Maya Angelou for encouraging us students it about two year of us studied your poem in every level thanks alot (Report) Reply

  • Henry Tong (1/23/2018 2:18:00 AM)


    Maya Angelou alludes to the fact that aging doesn't necessarily mean frailty.We certainly will age, but we can keep a young heart always. (Report) Reply

  • (12/19/2017 11:33:00 AM)


    Sure. Aging has its own phases but you definitely will be lucky to go through. (Report) Reply

  • Tom Allport (12/20/2016 4:19:00 AM)

    tom allport
    who ever said you are only as young as you feel is wrong, we don't get old in our heads? (Report) Reply

  • (10/1/2016 1:36:00 AM)


    Beautiful (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (12/30/2015 1:16:00 PM)


    The aged still have pride- that young person who ran and jumped and danced and loved is still there- right behind their eyes so give them the respect of their years (Report) Reply

  • (11/14/2015 1:25:00 PM)


    beautifully etched personal dignity irrespective of age and condition
    .. all values and traits remaining kept!
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  • (11/12/2015 9:09:00 AM)


    You have to be fortunate to reach old age. Well concluded: But ain’t I lucky I can still breathe in. (Report) Reply

  • Manas Madrecha (6/18/2015 8:19:00 AM)


    The poetess has beautifully described the mettle of an elderly person who refuses to get overwhelmed by old-age... (Report) Reply

  • (5/14/2015 9:28:00 AM)


    Even if one is aged his spirit of life is still there and his visions of world is also important. Here the great poetess briefly in the poem describes the aging situation and it felt as so great. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, May 14, 2015

Poem Edited: Thursday, May 14, 2015


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