Maya Angelou

(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)

Pickin Em Up and Layin Em Down - Poem by Maya Angelou

There's a long-legged girl
in San Francisco
by the Golden Gate.
She said she'd give me all I wanted
but I just couldn't wait.
I started to
Pickin em up
and layin em down,
Pickin em up
and layin em down,
Pickin em up
and layin em down,
gettin to the next town
Baby.

There's a pretty brown
in Birmingham.
Boys, she little and cute
but when she like to tied me down
I had to grab my suit and started to
Pickin em up
and layin em down,
Pickin em up
and layin em down,
Pickin em up
and layin em down,
getting to the next town
Baby.

I met that lovely Detroit lady
and thought my time had come
But just before I said "I do"
I said "I got to run" and started to
Pickin em up
and layin em down,
Pickin em up
and layin em down,
Pickin em up
and layin em down,
getting to the next town
Baby.

There ain't no words for what I feel
about a pretty face
But if I stay I just might miss
a prettier one some place
I started to
Pickin em up
and layin em down,
Pickin em up
and layin em down,
Pickin em up
and layin em down,
getting to the next town
Baby.


Comments about Pickin Em Up and Layin Em Down by Maya Angelou

  • Rogelio Guillermo (10/11/2017 8:40:00 AM)


    This is what a poem should be: just start pickin em up, and layin em down... and so on (Report) Reply

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  • Anita Aparajita Das (9/20/2017 3:26:00 PM)


    Pickin em up
    and layin em down,
    getting to the next town
    Baby.
    nice poem.
    (Report) Reply

  • Sabita Sahoo (9/20/2017 3:04:00 PM)


    A poem of its own kind, I agree.
    I started to
    Pickin em up
    and layin em down,

    Thanks for picking us up and down, again and again and again and again and up and down again with your words..
    (Report) Reply

  • Bri Edwards (4/24/2017 6:02:00 PM)


    Maya's gone (somewhere) but i'm still here, and i'm layin this poem (the 1st and 4th stanza)
    down on my/our monthly showcase for May for PH poets.

    There i plan to display one poem [or up to about 25 lines] for each of
    at least 30 poets, mostly poets on my Friends list on PH,
    and/or in MyPoemList.

    Let's let my readers see somethin' of what this
    lady could do with poetry.

    If anybody objects, send your complaints to me. She'll get full credit for her work.

    bri :)

    to MyPoemList as well.
    (Report) Reply

  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (9/9/2016 12:26:00 AM)


    There ain't no words for what I feel
    about a pretty face
    But if I stay I just might miss
    a prettier one some place
    I started to
    Pickin em up
    and layin em down,

    A beautiful poem of its own kind.
    (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, March 9, 2016



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