Maya Angelou

(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)

A Conceit - Poem by Maya Angelou

Give me your hand

Make room for me
to lead and follow
beyond this rage of poetry.

Let others have
the privacy of
touching words
and love of loss
of love.

For me
Give me your hand.

Comments about A Conceit by Maya Angelou

  • Gold Star - 5,735 Points Neran Sati (11/14/2015 2:28:00 PM)

    As truly great master, just with a few short symbolic lines unified in an inspiring picture, Maya is opposing hypocritic view of conceit, fighting it off on the ground of sedimented personal experience and love, mirroring her humanity - beyond and apart of poetry call. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 5,885 Points Rajesh Thankappan (1/12/2015 9:25:00 PM)

    Give and take love! A very touching poem. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 36,299 Points * Sunprincess * (6/29/2014 10:20:00 AM) hold someone's hand is very intimate and personal.....nice write... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 187 Points Angelina Holmes (5/6/2014 8:04:00 PM)

    She has such deep poems. Love them. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 184 Points Brian Jani (4/26/2014 4:57:00 PM)

    Awesome I like this poem, check mine out  (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 206 Points Meshack Bankole (11/29/2013 1:59:00 AM)

    The title gives a pleasant imagery. More or less like a teacher‘s advice to his student! I am impressed by the tone of the 2nd verse- “let others enjoy the privacy of the touching words and the love of loss of love.“
    - -thank u maya! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 206 Points Meshack Bankole (11/29/2013 1:41:00 AM)

    The title gives a pleasant imagery. More or less like a teacher‘s advice to his student! I am impressed by the tone of the 2nd verse- “let others enjoy the privacy of the touching words and the love of loss of love.“
    - -thank u maya! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 5,737 Points Patricia Grantham (6/17/2013 6:46:00 PM)

    A very touching poem. I see and feel in this
    poem a sense of longing for togetherness.
    We are all one, no man is an island. Very
    spiritual. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 36,919 Points Rajnish Manga (8/30/2012 4:07:00 AM)

    The mysticism of the poem reverberates in the reader's consciousness while the poet wants to rise higher hand in hand with supreme being. Simple but powerful poem. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,214 Points Cherret Leakey (8/20/2012 8:02:00 AM)

    Great work....tht's why i admire you. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 46,883 Points Edward Kofi Louis (2/28/2012 6:27:00 AM)

    Great piece of work with the muse of love.

    E.K.L. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 19,808 Points Ramesh Rai (2/21/2012 6:47:00 AM)

    Within a short and simple word, love has been defined. Brilliant (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,181 Points Theodora Onken (12/31/2011 10:42:00 PM)

    Brillant write...just as all of hers are...
    I admire her so.
    Theo (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 6 Points John Marino (8/6/2011 2:36:00 PM)

    A rejected Hallmark card (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Mae Catherine Godhigh (8/4/2011 11:22:00 AM)

    A gentle but powerful read. It is all things Maya! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 5 Points Mohammad Akmal Nazir (7/3/2011 4:58:00 AM)

    This is real poetry. Poetry is nothing before the person whose hand she wants to hold for all her feelings belong to him then what is left for the poetry? Great poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Shyla Cureton (7/2/2011 11:08:00 AM)

    Awesomely Spoken and written Ms. Angleou,
    I love the script of words used on a former sitcom you were on.... You said that to write is not to impress, but instead to be happy with yourself and with what you write is more important This is helping me. Thank You...I as well have liked your acting that I have seen. And you have captured the hearts of many.. You are such a Blessed Woman, Indeed. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Add'em Up (1/19/2010 4:43:00 PM)

    Life is going to be what you percieve it to be, like this poem, debate and figure out things for you to understand, however negative or positive is YOUR choice.
    I believe she is expressing a togetherness/temwork to go pass and get forward to life living. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Yutoya Brown (12/6/2009 11:13:00 PM)

    Thank God for elders with knowledge and enough empathy to lend a hand to remove us from our high horse gently. That fall can truly be a deathly beast. Look at what it did to super man.

    A conceit, an unjustified high opinion of your own qualities or abilities. For example, thinking so highly of yourself that you feel capable of not only judging a fantastic woman, but defining a fluid and broad category, for example POETRY.

    Ignorance is a tough row to hoe, but some seem to stroke those oars quite enough for us all.

    This is 2009, and we will continue to shine. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Marcus Patterson (10/27/2009 5:20:00 AM)

    A conceit -

    How bold can one be to presuppose that he/she can lead any away from his/her own emotions. Our emotions are our own - our ups, downs, struggles, triumphs. We SHARE them but we don't relinquish them to others. The speaker in this poem presumes that he/she can lead the other's emotions wherever. 'Make room for me to lead you...' Where? Beyond what the other is feeling. Furthermore, who asked the speaker to do that in the first place? (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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