Maya Angelou

(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)

Passing Time - Poem by Maya Angelou

Your skin like dawn
Mine like musk

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Comments about Passing Time by Maya Angelou

  • Ian Eballe (3/12/2016 9:10:00 AM)

    The first 2 lines should read:
    Your skin like dawn
    Mine like dusk.
    according to The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou. (Report) Reply

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  • Susan Williams Susan Williams (12/30/2015 12:59:00 PM)

    There is an inherent patient wisdom in Maya, she can accept without being run over (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga Rajnish Manga (11/23/2014 12:04:00 PM)

    This short poem casts a spell on the reader who is facing a dilemma about what is better: beginning or the end? (Report) Reply

  • Primrose Tee Primrose Tee (5/2/2014 4:45:00 PM)

    ddnt knw a poem could be this short (Report) Reply

  • Brian Jani Brian Jani (4/26/2014 5:12:00 PM)

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

  • Patricia Grantham Patricia Grantham (6/17/2013 9:04:00 PM)

    Very interesting Maya from beginning to end.
    There are difference of pigmentation in the
    color of the skin. A thoughtful write. (Report) Reply

  • Olivia Jonas (1/14/2012 5:21:00 PM)

    I have to say she is not a great poet. (Report) Reply

  • Tony Elsby (5/12/2011 7:14:00 AM)

    For me such a sad poem but yes, as someone else mentioned, a profound poem nevertheless.

    Testimony to the brainwashing of people all over the world by those who would control them from birth.

    Would that the brotherhood of youth would rise up and reject such theft of the soul by bigotted people and defend real freedom instead of self interest.

    Thou Shalt Not Steal Applies to minds as well as chattels and, in my view, the former is a greater sin than the latter.

    With respect to the rights and freedoms of others a person should be able to think whatever they wish and to love whoever they choose. That they so-often can't is more a reflection of fear rather than conviction. (Report) Reply

  • Sally Plumb Plumb (5/30/2010 8:26:00 AM)

    A good relationship? (Report) Reply

  • Supriya Chowdhary (3/5/2010 11:04:00 PM)

    a beautiful and very profound poem indeed. analogy of color, its acceptance and the pride in it is clearly evident but the last two lines establishing the relationship of one to begining and the other to end is captivating. if this poem has to be read in terms od binaries, it can be endless binaries, black, wjite, man women, self, other, west, east. as any hegemonic power has certain ends in mind whereas the 'other' is characterised by begining. please respond if anyone disagrees.. waiting..... (Report) Reply

  • Matt O'leary (6/24/2009 6:23:00 PM)

    Surely that's a spelling mistake in the second line?

    'Mine like musk'

    Shouldn't it be dusk? (Report) Reply

  • Edwin Empestan (alba) Edwin Empestan (alba) (1/13/2009 8:23:00 PM)

    Soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo? (Report) Reply

  • Teresa Dearing (1/5/2009 9:16:00 AM)

    Lovely. I had a dear friend who has skin like coffe' o-lay, the most beautiful person I knew. T (Report) Reply

  • Ruth Ngungi (11/21/2007 7:45:00 AM)

    This poem makes me proud that im who i am....kudos to maya (Report) Reply

  • Hazem Al Jaber (5/8/2007 2:04:00 AM)

    so touching..
    right you are my dear maya..
    hazem (Report) Reply

  • Deb Fowler (8/26/2006 3:42:00 PM)

    interesting analogy of color. (Report) Reply

  • Susan Lawino (4/14/2005 10:06:00 PM)

    The beginning of a sure end.... accepted finality, she seems content, I want to let go too. If only.... (Report) Reply

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