Maya Angelou

(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)

Passing Time - Poem by Maya Angelou

Your skin like dawn
Mine like musk

One paints the beginning
of a certain end.

The other, the end of a
sure beginning.


Comments about Passing Time by Maya Angelou

  • (1/10/2018 5:50:00 AM)


    Nice poem, I liked the words. (Report) Reply

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  • Kshirod Kumar Dehury (12/14/2017 7:36:00 AM)


    beautiful poem and very profound poem indeed.thanks sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (12/10/2017 12:08:00 AM)


    One paints the beginning
    of a certain end.
    The other, the end of a
    sure beginning.
    What a grand creation?
    1000+++++
    (Report) Reply

  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (12/9/2017 11:46:00 PM)


    A rare poet sketches the portrait of time, space and being. (Report) Reply

  • Alexander Julian (12/9/2017 10:32:00 PM)


    She plays with words here to create a reversal of thought- dawn to musk, as in beginning to end. (Report) Reply

  • Jayatissa K. Liyanage (12/9/2017 10:09:00 PM)


    Wow! What a profound message she castes just in six line. Unimaginable. That's beauty of the Poetess. Wish she was with us for another generation. Thanks for sharing. X (Report) Reply

  • Anil Kumar Panda (12/9/2017 9:28:00 AM)


    A great poem from a great poet. So nice. Loved it. (Report) Reply

  • Prativa Rani (12/9/2017 7:39:00 AM)


    One paints the beginning
    of a certain end.
    The great poetess is a great painter of words too
    (Report) Reply

  • Savita Tyagi (12/9/2017 6:52:00 AM)


    Interesting! She is always acutely aware of differences. But we all have a beginning and an end. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (12/9/2017 4:08:00 AM)


    Of a certain end! ! Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Dr Dillip K Swain (12/9/2017 4:00:00 AM)


    I like the way things are rounded up in a cycle... 'One paints the beginning of certain end'...a beautiful write by the great poetess Maya Angelou! (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (12/9/2017 2:36:00 AM)


    Such a brilliant write by Maya Angelou👍👍👍 (Report) Reply

  • Rae Seagull (12/9/2017 2:33:00 AM)


    Interesting analogy of dawn-dusk and skin colour. Another succinct one by Maya (Report) Reply

  • (12/9/2017 1:48:00 AM)


    The accounts of this composition are succinct and yet sufficient to mean what she wants to say and everybody wants to know.........brilliant and unparalleled.......will be remembered for ever........thanks for sharing (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (12/9/2017 12:52:00 AM)


    I like the see-saw, the ying and yang, the push and pull of this poem. And it was handled so deftly as well. (Report) Reply

  • (6/24/2017 10:21:00 AM)


    Just a blast in 6 lines. Great poem (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (2/3/2017 10:22:00 AM)

    Beginning Via End
    So simple yet so deep and philosophical. The beginning and the end are relative terms. Nicely articulated. Thanks. (Report) Reply

  • (3/12/2016 9:10:00 AM)


    The first 2 lines should read:
    Your skin like dawn
    Mine like dusk.
    according to The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou.
    (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (12/30/2015 12:59:00 PM)


    There is an inherent patient wisdom in Maya, she can accept without being run over (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (11/23/2014 12:04:00 PM)


    This short poem casts a spell on the reader who is facing a dilemma about what is better: beginning or the end? (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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