Maya Angelou

(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)

Maya Angelou Poems

21. Million Man March Poem 1/3/2003
22. Men 1/3/2003
23. Kin 1/23/2012
24. Insomniac 1/3/2003
25. Human Family 12/4/2014
26. Equality 1/3/2015
27. California Prodigal 1/23/2012
28. Caged Bird 1/3/2003
29. Awaking in New York 1/23/2012
30. Alone 1/3/2003
31. A Plagued Journey 1/23/2012
32. A Conceit 1/3/2003
33. A Brave and Startling Truth 1/23/2012

The Lesson

I keep on dying again.
Veins collapse, opening like the
Small fists of sleeping
Children.
Memory of old tombs,
Rotting flesh and worms do
Not convince me against
The challenge. The years
And cold defeat live deep in
Lines along my face.
They dull my eyes, yet
I keep on dying,
Because I love to live.

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