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

  • (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

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  • (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)


    e322222222222222222222222

    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

  • (12/13/2017 4:28:00 PM)


    Life is a game and money is what we score. (Report) Reply

  • (12/13/2017 4:27:00 PM)


    Life is a game and money is what we score. (Report) Reply

  • Kshirod Kumar Dehury (12/1/2017 3:50:00 AM)


    I love this poem very much.The poem is touching my heart.thanks for sharing.10++++ (Report) Reply

  • (11/19/2017 4:55:00 PM)


    Do the poem with you speaking, but good job (Report) Reply

  • Valentin Savin (10/27/2017 8:38:00 AM)


    I love the poem very much. Very touching. Maya is a phenomenal woman. (Report) Reply

  • Rahul Shil (7/29/2017 9:24:00 PM)


    The poem is touching my heart (Report) Reply

  • Suresh Raavi (6/24/2017 8:46:00 PM)


    the pain of working women (Report) Reply

  • Favour Ugwumba (5/5/2016 5:40:00 PM)


    lovely piece Maya, I love your works (Report) Reply

  • (4/13/2016 1:24:00 AM)


    Looks as if mother nature is speaking to me. These lines
    say it beautifully: Fall gently, snowflakes
    Cover me with white
    Cold icy kisses and
    Let me rest tonight.
    Felt fulfilled reading this poem
    (Report) Reply

  • Shivangi Vyas (4/6/2016 2:50:00 PM)


    This is beautiful
    it looks like someone's reading a page of DIARY
    so true..... woman's have got so much to do and all that is narrated by you in this beautiful piece of art....! ! !
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  • Ernest Makuakua (3/22/2016 10:27:00 AM)


    beautiful maya

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

  • Ahmed Gumaa Siddiek (2/16/2016 12:18:00 PM)


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

    It looks as if the poem is extracted from a book of diary of a black woman in the old days of slavery where the hell of work was done by them. the poem is highway expressive.
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  • Tameeka Smith (2/12/2016 2:47:00 PM)


    Brilliance at it's best (Report) Reply

  • Rosie Bourget (1/8/2016 9:59:00 AM)


    Amazing write, amazing woman, great poet of her kind. (Report) Reply

  • (1/3/2016 8:00:00 PM)


    ..............wonderful write ★ (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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