Sonia Sanchez

(1934 / Birmingham, Alabama United States)

Personal Letter No. 3 - Poem by Sonia Sanchez

nothing will keep
us young you know
not young men or
women who spin
their youth on
cool playing sounds.
we are what we
are what we never
think we are.
no more wild geo
graphies of the
flesh. echoes. that
we move in tune
to slower smells.
it is a hard thing
to admit that
sometimes after midnight
i am tired
of it all.


Comments about Personal Letter No. 3 by Sonia Sanchez

  • Petals Azureblue (8/15/2018 8:39:00 PM)


    A truthful unpretentious appraisal of self and acceptance of the passage of time. That's what ageing gracefully is about. Uniquely penned. (Report) Reply

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  • Michael Arnold (12/9/2017 9:16:00 AM)


    A truly lovely poem that echoes more than we hear or feel. (Report) Reply

  • Lungelo S Mbuyazi (11/22/2017 12:56:00 PM)


    No tree withers with its peel.

    Nice letter by Sonia.
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  • Zoila T. Flores (5/24/2016 1:39:00 PM)


    Well, I'm young no matter what everyone says. My soul feels young, My heart feels young and I just play for fun.
    Greetings,
    Zoila T. Flores
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  • Fabrizio Frosini (3/2/2016 3:23:00 PM)


    '' sometimes after midnight
    i am tired
    of it all. ''

    '' talvolta, passata mezzanotte,
    provo stanchezza
    verso tutto questo.''
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    Lungelo S Mbuyazi (11/22/2017 12:49:00 PM)

    Love those lines

  • (9/20/2014 11:42:00 AM)


    a day of Living Poetry for me was the sad day of Maya Angelou's passing. but to see her weeping and sobbing on msnbc was the Living part of it for me. Maya meant something personal and of deep meaning to Sonia, and she wept and sobbed until they went to their fracking commercial. it was very human and beautiful. (Report) Reply

  • (11/8/2009 12:35:00 PM)


    Sonia Sanchez writes like no other poet, and so it should be. Each poet draws from personal experience to write and emote their feelings. I am always inspired to think after reading her poetry about how these words relate to something I am feeling or have felt before. (Report) Reply

  • Ahmad Shiddiqi (9/17/2009 6:00:00 AM)


    gorgeously written. keep writing! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • john tiong chunghoo (9/23/2006 8:50:00 AM)


    yes very true. especially day after day, so unpoetry. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 20, 2003



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