Televised Poem by Maya Angelou


Rating: 3.9

Televised news turns
a half-used day into
a waste of desolation.
If nothing wondrous preceded
the catastrophic announcements,
certainly nothing will follow, save
the sad-eyed faces of
bony children,
distended bellies making
mock at their starvation.
Why are they always
Black ?
Whom do they await ?
The lamb-chop flesh
reeks and cannot be
eaten. Even the
green peas roll on my plate
unmolested. Their innocence
matched by the helpless
hope in the children's faces.
Why do Black children
hope ? Who will bring
them peas and lamb chops
and one more morning ?

Akachukwu Lekwauwa 23 July 2016

this poem calls for sober reflections

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Ratnakar Mandlik 23 July 2016

The plight of the deprived televised, may be for garnering sympathy for them, appears to be their mockery to the poetess who protests against this shedding of crocodile tears by the so called progressive society. A great poem indeed.

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May 1 03 April 2018

Yes, there are many children in other countries who are suffering from hunger, disease, displacement.The fact that black children are 90% used for money giving, is just a gimmick of guilt, for the stolen riches from the African people; and yes I am a believer in helping all children to rise.

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Jayatissa K. Liyanage 23 July 2016

What the media show is poverty stricken faces, walking skeletons, distended belies half or fully naked children. Important question any fair minded person can and should ask is why are they always black? Who has the answer/ Perhaps, Maya didn't know the answer. Quite touching poem.

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Bharati Nayak 23 July 2016

Maya Angelou was deeply distressed by the plight of black children.But she was not happy to make it a show on television as she thought it was not going to change their fate.Perhaps she thought these shows were making mockery of poor black children.

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Mahtab Bangalee 27 October 2020

Those for whom humanity is written get nothing, their destiny never changes; Whoever writes s/he is awarded as the best writer and became a millionaire! Those dying hungry peoples are broadcasted on television to bring tears to the eyes of humanity they have to starve to death and those who broadcast become millionaires even with broadcast material advertisements. Earthlings like that//

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Mahtab Bangalee 27 October 2020

Their innocence matched by the helpless hope in the children's faces. Why do Black children hope? ... The world is like this cruel

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Edward Kofi Louis 27 October 2020

Muse of the Blacks! ! Musing along with things seen around. Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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Deluke Muwanigwa 27 October 2020

The black children mourn because the white children have by force of arms stolen their peas by corrupting the black father and mother to give up their heritage. Now the black children are crying less and less because the black farther has faught a war to claim that heritage but the western main stream media think they can use the pictures into perpetuity. Nothing remains the same.

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Why do Black children hope? Who will bring them peas and lamb chops and one more morning?

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