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Passing Time

Rating: 3.6

Your skin like dawn
Mine like musk

One paints the beginning
of a certain end.

The other, the end of a
sure beginning.

Olivia Jonas 14 January 2012

I have to say she is not a great poet.

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Matt O'leary 24 June 2009

Surely that's a spelling mistake in the second line? 'Mine like musk' Shouldn't it be dusk?

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Tony Elsby 12 May 2011

For me such a sad poem but yes, as someone else mentioned, a profound poem nevertheless. Testimony to the brainwashing of people all over the world by those who would control them from birth. Would that the brotherhood of youth would rise up and reject such theft of the soul by bigotted people and defend real freedom instead of self interest. Thou Shalt Not Steal Applies to minds as well as chattels and, in my view, the former is a greater sin than the latter. With respect to the rights and freedoms of others a person should be able to think whatever they wish and to love whoever they choose. That they so-often can't is more a reflection of fear rather than conviction.

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Supriya Chowdhary 05 March 2010

a beautiful and very profound poem indeed. analogy of color, its acceptance and the pride in it is clearly evident but the last two lines establishing the relationship of one to begining and the other to end is captivating. if this poem has to be read in terms od binaries, it can be endless binaries, black, wjite, man women, self, other, west, east. as any hegemonic power has certain ends in mind whereas the 'other' is characterised by begining. please respond if anyone disagrees.. waiting.....

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Edwin Empestan (alba) 13 January 2009


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Suryendu Chaudhury 11 October 2020

In it's brevity it accounts for a lot.

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Bob Bottom 06 August 2020

I would have so much fun mocking this preachy puff of meaningless wind, but I think this is the wrong forum for that :) My bad... better delete this comment Mr. Moderator.

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Dr Antony Theodore 17 June 2020

poet Maya Angelou#3 on top 500 poetsMaya AngelouPoemsQuotesCommentsStatsE-BooksBiographyVideosShare on FacebookShare on Twitter Poems by Maya Angelou: 25 / 52« prev. poemnext poem » Passing Time Poem by Maya Angelou Autoplay next video Your skin like dawn Mine like musk One paints the beginning of a certain end. Short and very meaningful. tony

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Mahtab Bangalee 17 June 2020

Your skin like dawn Mine like musk One paints the beginning of a certain end. .....great wise utterance against apartheid... Just great in short words

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Love Hurts 17 June 2020

Lovely sensuous poem love it say you

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