Maya Angelou

(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)

The Mothering Blackness - Poem by Maya Angelou

She came home running
back to the mothering blackness
deep in the smothering blackness
white tears icicle gold plains of her face
She came home running

She came down creeping
here to the black arms waiting
now to the warm heart waiting
rime of alien dreams befrosts her rich brown face
She came down creeping

She came home blameless
black yet as Hagar’s daughter
tall as was Sheba’s daughter
threats of northern winds die on the desert’s face
She came home blameless


Comments about The Mothering Blackness by Maya Angelou

  • Khairul Ahsan (2/11/2019 9:24:00 PM)


    'She came home blameless' - the best way the poem could end! (Report) Reply

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  • Savita Tyagi (2/11/2019 4:38:00 PM)


    Beautiful poem rich with imagery and deep sentiments.Love to read Maya Angelou. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (2/11/2019 1:24:00 PM)


    Blameless! !
    Blackness!

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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  • Adrian Flett (2/11/2019 9:10:00 AM)


    Running, creeping, blameless. A sad indictment on our world. (Report) Reply

  • (2/11/2019 7:45:00 AM)


    A touching account of the plight of blacks in the color conscious society of the time wonderfully versified by the master craftsman spirit. (Report) Reply

  • (2/11/2019 7:20:00 AM)


    A poem is as beautiful as a mother's heart (Report) Reply

  • Dr.tony Brahmin (2/11/2019 7:10:00 AM)


    She came down creeping
    here to the black arms waiting
    now to the warm heart waiting.....the black consiciousness which touched many in her time.. tony
    (Report) Reply

  • (2/11/2019 6:53:00 AM)


    A good write of a loving mother who knows better for her beautiful daughter? .....wonderfully written (Report) Reply

  • Mahtab Bangalee (2/11/2019 3:55:00 AM)


    She
    came home
    came back to her land
    as the pure motherly love......../// beautiful poem
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  • Prabir Gayen (2/11/2019 2:15:00 AM)


    Pure poetry...Fantastic

    ...She came home blameless
    black yet as Hagar’s daughter
    tall as was Sheba’s daughter
    threats of northern winds die on the desert’s face
    She came home blameless...very thought inspiring
    (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (2/11/2019 12:54:00 AM)


    Wonderful poem by Maya Angelou...... (Report) Reply

  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (12/9/2017 11:56:00 PM)


    She came home blameless
    black yet as Hagar’s daughter
    tall as was Sheba’s daughter
    threats of northern winds die on the desert’s face

    Great imageries
    Beautiful poem.
    (Report) Reply

  • Zakir Hussain Haidary (1/6/2017 7:49:00 AM)


    nice 1 thanks for share (Report) Reply

  • Loppo Louie (9/8/2016 9:20:00 AM)


    Another classic by Maya... (Report) Reply

  • (8/30/2015 4:24:00 PM)


    .....nicely penned...an incredible poem ★ (Report) Reply

  • Brian Jani (4/26/2014 5:30:00 PM)


    Awesome I like this poem, check mine out  (Report) Reply

  • (1/23/2012 6:39:00 AM)


    A fantastic poem, really great. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 23, 2012

Poem Edited: Monday, January 23, 2012


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