Maya Angelou

(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)

When I Think About Myself - Poem by Maya Angelou

When I think about myself,
I almost laugh myself to death,
My life has been one great big joke,
A dance that's walked
A song that's spoke,
I laugh so hard I almost choke
When I think about myself.

Sixty years in these folks' world
The child I works for calls me girl
I say 'Yes ma'am' for working's sake.
Too proud to bend
Too poor to break,
I laugh until my stomach ache,
When I think about myself.

My folks can make me split my side,
I laughed so hard I nearly died,
The tales they tell, sound just like lying,
They grow the fruit,
But eat the rind,
I laugh until I start to crying,
When I think about my folks.

Topic(s) of this poem: inspiration


Comments about When I Think About Myself by Maya Angelou

  • (12/10/2016 4:56:00 AM)

    Amazing
    Once againn beautiful poetry (Report) Reply

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  • (5/31/2016 2:12:00 PM)


    Yass (Report) Reply

  • (2/23/2016 8:52:00 AM)


    Beautiful poetry. (Report) Reply

  • Ahmed Gumaa Siddiek (2/16/2016 12:11:00 PM)


    They grow the fruit,
    But eat the rind,
    I laugh until I start to crying,
    When I think about my folks.

    Your Folk no more grow the fruit and eat the rind. The land is theirs and the fruit they grow they eat and share others. Great poem
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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, September 15, 2015



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