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

  • (5/16/2018 4:29:00 PM)

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

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  • (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
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  • (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! !
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  • (3/28/2018 10:46:00 AM)

    How many tasks are in this poem (Report) Reply

  • (3/27/2018 8:30:00 AM)

    beautiful i love it it reminds me of how woman were never accepted i will do this for a huge project so the world will be reminded of how good of a poet she is (Report) Reply

  • (3/26/2018 8:06:00 PM)

    Can you show the answers (Report) Reply

  • (3/21/2018 3:40:00 PM)

    I wish Maya Angelou didn’t die (Report) Reply

  • (2/22/2018 1:52:00 PM)

    It is amazing
    She is one of my favorite poets
    Thank you so chance for writing Maya
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  • (2/20/2018 5:16:00 PM)

    I love this poem I am in love with her work one other poem I like is Phenomenal women it just makes me feel passionate and makes me want to be a poet and I'm only in middle school. (Report) Reply

  • (2/19/2018 1:58:00 PM)

    what is the theme i have no clue what is is (Report) Reply

  • (2/19/2018 1:58:00 PM)


    what is the theme
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  • (2/9/2018 2:37:00 PM)

    The garden of a wounded life. Her footprints flower with resignation. Her wisdom paints us with its pain
    and we heal.
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  • (1/29/2018 9:11:00 AM)

    so is she mother nature? (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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