Maya Angelou

(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)

Refusal

Poem by Maya Angelou

Beloved,
In what other lives or lands
Have I known your lips
Your Hands
Your Laughter brave
Irreverent.
Those sweet excesses that
I do adore.
What surety is there
That we will meet again,
On other worlds some
Future time undated.
I defy my body's haste.
Without the promise
Of one more sweet encounter
I will not deign to die.


Comments about Refusal by Maya Angelou

  • Ratnakar Mandlik (5/4/2020 11:03:00 AM)

    Intensity of love and commitment with it is marvelous. A great love song.(Report)Reply

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  • Whatever is ok (5/4/2020 10:33:00 AM)

    That we will meet again i am sure(Report)Reply

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  • Ramesh T ARamesh T A (5/4/2020 9:05:00 AM)

    Defying death despite fragile body condition recollecting intimate relationship whether that can repeated in other world or not only a strong will holder can say and do! Nice modern poem!(Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (5/4/2020 7:24:00 AM)

    What surety is there
    That we will meet again, ..., deepness of love and life is impressively inscribed. It is nice to be chosen as the modern poem of the poem of the day.(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (5/4/2020 5:55:00 AM)

    My body's haste! ! !
    With the paste of life.


    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.(Report)Reply

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (5/4/2020 5:21:00 AM)

    I defy my body's haste.
    Without the promise
    Of one more sweet encounter
    I will not deign to die. Bold statements. tony(Report)Reply

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  • Dominic WindramDominic Windram (5/4/2020 4:13:00 AM)

    A modern hymn to Love...simply sublime!(Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (5/4/2020 1:25:00 AM)

    Those sweet excesses that
    I do adore.
    ....
    Without the promise
    Of one more sweet encounter
    I will not deign to die. ////// sueprb and lovingly written; yes it's very compassionate poem(Report)Reply

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  • Eilyn (10/24/2018 10:14:00 AM)

    it is a very compassionate poem and probably one of my favorites(Report)Reply

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  • Lisa D. Purcell Davidson (1/25/2018 9:25:00 AM)

    I liked the way she read that and im came Oke(Report)Reply

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  • Subhas Chandra ChakraSubhas Chandra Chakra (12/9/2017 11:49:00 PM)

    Without the promise
    Of one more sweet encounter
    I will not deign to die.
    Beautiful poem indeed(Report)Reply

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  • Rogelio GuillermoRogelio Guillermo (10/11/2017 8:53:00 AM)

    Love is truly universal. It does not put limitation on space and time...(Report)Reply

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  • Sabita SahooSabita Sahoo (9/20/2017 3:06:00 PM)

    On other worlds some
    Future time undated.
    I defy my body's haste.
    Nice work.(Report)Reply

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  • Resh Kav (6/24/2017 9:57:00 AM)

    how good is this, with simple words(Report)Reply

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  • Indira RenganathanIndira Renganathan (12/1/2016 4:55:00 AM)

    On what promise? is the most asked only question....firm, strong minded heart's poem...as usual self confident
    Maya Angelou(Report)Reply

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  • Clemdue Squeeza (11/16/2016 3:05:00 AM)

    powerful, the rhythm and the meaning im in awe(Report)Reply

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  • Subhas Chandra ChakraSubhas Chandra Chakra (9/9/2016 12:37:00 AM)

    What surety is there
    That we will meet again,
    On other worlds some
    Future time undated.
    I defy my body's haste.
    Without the promise
    Of one more sweet encounter
    I will not deign to die.
    Beautiful poem indeed.(Report)Reply

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  • Aremo Abiodun BestAremo Abiodun Best (7/11/2016 4:21:00 AM)

    truly phenomenal woman indeed(Report)Reply

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  • Leon Roach-lord (7/3/2016 7:16:00 AM)

    To love takes courage, to feel is to love.(Report)Reply

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  • Leon Roach-lord (7/3/2016 7:15:00 AM)

    Power of love goes beyond need and want.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003