Maya Angelou

(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)

Woman Work - Poem by Maya Angelou

I've got the children to tend
The clothes to mend
The floor to mop
The food to shop
Then the chicken to fry
The baby to dry
I got company to feed
The garden to weed
I've got shirts to press
The tots to dress
The can to be cut
I gotta clean up this hut
Then see about the sick
And the cotton to pick.

Shine on me, sunshine
Rain on me, rain
Fall softly, dewdrops
And cool my brow again.

Storm, blow me from here
With your fiercest wind
Let me float across the sky
'Til I can rest again.

Fall gently, snowflakes
Cover me with white
Cold icy kisses and
Let me rest tonight.

Sun, rain, curving sky
Mountain, oceans, leaf and stone
Star shine, moon glow
You're all that I can call my own.


Comments about Woman Work by Maya Angelou

  • (10/9/2019 7:11:00 AM)

    Did she really refer to cutting a " can" ? Come on, PoemHunter, proofread your poems before posting them online. (Report)Reply

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  • (10/2/2019 5:30:00 AM)

    You actually get to see the of the working mum. (Report)Reply

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  • (8/7/2019 8:58:00 PM)

    I love this poem what an amazing job (Report)Reply

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  • (7/20/2019 10:33:00 AM)

    The woman in this poem is passing a machine like life.She has to perform many domestic chores in a day.This poem tells that the ultimate remedy of our tension is in nature.Love to read this poem.
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  • (4/25/2019 1:42:00 PM)

    i like this poem... good job (Report)Reply

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  • (3/17/2019 11:47:00 PM)

    Shine on me, sunshine
    Rain on me, rain
    Fall softly, dewdrops
    And cool my brow again....I love it. beautiful work.
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  • (2/21/2019 5:28:00 PM)

    love it has so much detail and telling me how women does in there life time (Report)Reply

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  • (12/21/2018 3:56:00 PM)

    All of you do not have any context of this poem, do you? It's about slavery. Not modern women. It's about having to take care of others kids and having to do one thing after another. Sure it can be similar to motherhood, but its not. All of you wont be able to appreciate this unless you understand when it was written and what was happening. (Report)Reply

    (5/18/2019 10:27:00 AM)

    it is about slavery but it can be interpreted in any way

    (4/9/2019 5:58:00 AM)

    A little child would be the one person to correct everyone on literacy. Reading is based on what you have in experience and well I can say for sure that you are not Maya Angelou, so you can be quiet and think about what Maya would have said, and what she meant but that is personal

    (2/7/2019 1:13:00 PM)

    silence women we have freedom of thought there for we can think what we wanna think

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  • (12/14/2018 3:31:00 PM)

    im sory 4uo. di es a guud pome abote fonn stuf. mi speke guud tu. mak guod pomees. (Report)Reply

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  • (12/11/2018 5:48:00 PM)

    I hate this poem it's too girly (Report)Reply

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  • (11/30/2018 12:34:00 AM)

    It's fantastic poem by Maya Angelou which expresses the trials and tribulations of woman and wants to relief herself from physical and mental hardships. (Report)Reply

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  • (11/29/2018 1:33:00 AM)

    I am delighted by this poem which brings out the daily hard work of common woman. I also appreciate the recognition of nature as the woman and shares all her feelings without hurting anyone that woman want to feel free. (Report)Reply

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  • (10/15/2018 4:28:00 AM)

    Thanks a lot (Report)Reply

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  • (10/1/2018 12:41:00 PM)

    A very good poem expressing hardships of woman and telling what she wants (Report)Reply

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  • (9/19/2018 8:47:00 AM)

    it really make sense to mothers. (Report)Reply

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  • (7/4/2018 6:03:00 PM)

    So relatable. Perfect! (Report)Reply

    (12/7/2018 7:50:00 AM)

    nice job cutie

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  • (6/30/2018 10:16:00 AM)

    Presents the real picture of women (Report)Reply

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  • Jez Brul (6/22/2018 11:53:00 PM)

    This is truly an inspiring poem that most women could relate..💖 (Report)Reply

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  • (6/13/2018 6:58:00 PM)

    I hate it its soo badddddddddddd (Report)Reply

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  • (6/7/2018 2:11:00 AM)

    No doubt its a great poem about women i really appreciate Maya Angelou (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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