Maya Angelou

(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)

They Went Home

Poem by Maya Angelou

They went home and told their wives,
that never once in all their lives,
had they known a girl like me,
But... They went home.

They said my house was licking clean,
no word I spoke was ever mean,
I had an air of mystery,
But... They went home.

My praises were on all men's lips,
they liked my smile, my wit, my hips,
they'd spend one night, or two or three.
But...


Comments about They Went Home by Maya Angelou

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    My praises were on all men's lips,
    they liked my smile, my wit, my hips,
    they'd spend one night, or two or three.///satirical stanza(Report)Reply

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  • Moemedi Maruping (2/3/2019 3:00:00 AM)

    I like this poem but its a sad poem(Report)Reply

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  • Alison MujatiAlison Mujati (12/15/2018 4:34:00 AM)

    I think im going to add this poet as my best of all time(Report)Reply

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  • unknown (8/30/2018 5:24:00 PM)

    Smoke in the air the smell of fire, running home before dark. Old friends, memories. Tall trees and bright stars. This is home. Mom is going to be mad if i'm not home soon. Breath burns my lungs, heart pounding. I can see the light, lone house on north street. Delicious smells wafting me closer, i miss this place. Feet running through wet grass sending mud up my back. Laughter all around me. River rushing in the distance. This is my home.(Report)Reply

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  • Aaron (7/17/2018 11:25:00 AM)

    Nice poem(Report)Reply

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  • Savita TyagiSavita Tyagi (5/23/2018 5:49:00 AM)

    Such a powerful poem!(Report)Reply

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  • Mr. Koz (5/9/2018 4:51:00 PM)

    Very nice, loving, funny, and is my neighbor(Report)Reply

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  • Lungelo S MbuyaziLungelo S Mbuyazi (11/26/2017 5:52:00 AM)

    Great poem....

    The last stanza speaks volumes about men(Report)Reply

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  • Kshirod Kumar DehuryKshirod Kumar Dehury (11/23/2017 4:48:00 AM)

    I love this poem.thanks for sharing.10++++(Report)Reply

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  • Joanna Amiteye (10/5/2017 4:25:00 PM)

    Why did they go home? (Report)Reply

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  • Alem Hailu G/kristosAlem Hailu G/kristos (7/22/2017 9:25:00 AM)

    They went home is a very nicely penned piece Clever piece.(Report)Reply

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  • Zoila T. FloresZoila T. Flores (7/12/2017 7:24:00 AM)

    Ahh...Home.! Home is the place were you feel good. Well done! Zoila T. Flores(Report)Reply

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  • Prem KatochPrem Katoch (1/20/2017 12:31:00 AM)

    It is graphic, so true and gives feelings of something very special. Good(Report)Reply

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  • Rahman HenryRahman Henry (11/4/2015 1:09:00 AM)

    Excellently presented poem. It's a wonder in a laconic tongue.(Report)Reply

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  • * Sunprincess * (8/30/2015 4:34:00 PM)

    .....nicely penned, and wonderful message, home is where we can be ourselves ★(Report)Reply

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  • Maria Gonzalez (7/20/2015 3:42:00 PM)

    Love you Maya.....

    Love the humour in this one...(Report)Reply

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  • Brian JaniBrian Jani (4/26/2014 5:32:00 PM)

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

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  • Patricia GranthamPatricia Grantham (10/4/2013 2:14:00 PM)

    Enjoyed this witty but very truthful write. Sooner or later
    amongst all the fine words and compliments ultimately
    home is where the heart is. Very inspiring.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, June 18, 2005