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

  • (10/15/2018 4:28:00 AM)


    Thanks a lot (Report) Reply

    3 person liked.
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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

  • (9/19/2018 8:47:00 AM)


    it really make sense to mothers. (Report) Reply

  • Petals Azureblue (7/14/2018 8:13:00 AM)


    Happiness and relief from the hectic of life is found in the things that come free...that demand nothing back. Beautiful precise description of a woman's life.10+++ (Report) Reply

  • (7/4/2018 6:03:00 PM)


    So relatable. Perfect! (Report) Reply

  • (6/30/2018 10:16:00 AM)


    Presents the real picture of women (Report) Reply

  • Jez Brul (6/22/2018 11:53:00 PM)


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

  • (6/13/2018 6:58:00 PM)


    I hate it its soo badddddddddddd (Report) Reply

  • (6/7/2018 2:11:00 AM)


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

  • (5/16/2018 4:29:00 PM)


    this is amzing i love maya she was an amzing poet (Report) Reply

  • Britte Ninad (5/16/2018 2:06:00 AM)


    This description is really heart touching

    still we face these around of us....
    we have to do pure civilized human us
    (Report) Reply

  • (4/28/2018 9:24:00 AM)


    This is so fun and beautiful (Report) Reply

  • Narayanan Kutty Pozhath (4/24/2018 9:31:00 PM)


    Woman, as wife, as mother and of course as lover, the wonderful woman. She works day and night for those whom she love. (Report) Reply

  • (4/24/2018 4:57:00 AM)


    great poem by a great woman showing the greatness of woman all over the world (Report) Reply

  • (4/17/2018 11:33:00 AM)


    Typo in the first stanza........The can to be cut.........should be cane (Report) Reply

  • (4/4/2018 12:10:00 PM)


    I read 7 poems and they are great! ! (Report) Reply

  • (4/1/2018 4:53:00 AM)


    We are Pulled to Her, Because She puts Words to our memories of pain, Fears, Loss, Joy, and tenuous Hope; and if 'lucky', we SEE Her way of Aiming us: to SEE All This - in Our neighbors, AND CARING! ! ! Give The Good, the Kindness We've been Given, Never, the Hurt We've been Given! One Person at a Time, WE Form our World (Report) Reply

    (4/1/2018 5:09:00 AM)

    How do I Log in; 'that' isn't apparent.

  • (3/29/2018 5:37:00 PM)


    LOVE Maya so much! ! ! However, this site is very annoying because the loud ads with NO WAY to turn them off so you can enjoy the poetry! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • (3/28/2018 1:01:00 PM)


    i love it so much. I especially love how it depicts the strength of a woman.
    great poet indeed! !
    (Report) Reply

  • (3/28/2018 10:46:00 AM)


    How many tasks are in this poem (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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