The Lesson Poem by Maya Angelou

The Lesson

Rating: 3.7

I keep on dying again.
Veins collapse, opening like the
Small fists of sleeping
Memory of old tombs,
Rotting flesh and worms do
Not convince me against
The challenge. The years
And cold defeat live deep in
Lines along my face.
They dull my eyes, yet
I keep on dying,
Because I love to live.

The Lesson
Helen Baird 14 January 2012

Love this poem. It reminds me of the words in a song... You cut me open and I keep bleeding love.

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Ken E Hall 11 October 2011

Age sure does weary us but your cleverness shouts out 'I love to live' so do I that's why I as a kid I dived into the cellars to avoid Hitler's bombs, glad he's is wonderful...kind regards

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Debbie Ledford 05 February 2011

grate poem..... i loved it :)

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Anna Williams 17 December 2010

I keep dying because I love to live... Love it.

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Estrellita Dedel 17 August 2011

beautiful.... one of my favorites! :)

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Sylvia Frances Chan 17 December 2023

and to press on through the hard times to make an opportunity for the good times.

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Sylvia Frances Chan 17 December 2023

The lesson is to embrace life, even at its most bitter moments,

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Sylvia Frances Chan 17 December 2023

Congrats as the Modern Poem Of The Day!

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Sylvia Frances Chan 17 December 2023

Maya Angelou keeps inspiring us, dream on and be living. Dream on and stay alive! TOP Marks and TFS

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Rose Marie Juan-austin 17 December 2023

Powerful and inspiring lines that fuel us to keep on dreaming and living

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