Maya Angelou

(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)

Televised - Poem by Maya Angelou

Televised news turns
a half-used day into
a waste of desolation.
If nothing wondrous preceded
the catastrophic announcements,
certainly nothing will follow, save
the sad-eyed faces of
bony children,
distended bellies making
mock at their starvation.
Why are they always
Black ?
Whom do they await ?
The lamb-chop flesh
reeks and cannot be
eaten. Even the
green peas roll on my plate
unmolested. Their innocence
matched by the helpless
hope in the children's faces.
Why do Black children
hope ? Who will bring
them peas and lamb chops
and one more morning ?


Comments about Televised by Maya Angelou

  • Zakir Hussain Haidary (1/6/2017 7:43:00 AM)


    Whom do they await? (Report) Reply

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  • Mehta Hasmukh Amathalal (9/12/2016 5:54:00 AM)


    So nice poem... nice feeling...10



    In simple principle
    My place is among people
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  • (7/23/2016 11:21:00 AM)


    The plight of the deprived televised, may be for garnering sympathy for them, appears to be their mockery to the poetess who protests against this shedding of crocodile tears by the so called progressive society. A great poem indeed. (Report) Reply

  • Akachukwu Lekwauwa (7/23/2016 11:04:00 AM)


    this poem calls for sober reflections (Report) Reply

  • Jayatissa K. Liyanage (7/23/2016 10:47:00 AM)


    What the media show is poverty stricken faces, walking skeletons, distended belies half or fully naked children. Important question any fair minded person can and should ask is why are they always black? Who has the answer/ Perhaps, Maya didn't know the answer. Quite touching poem. (Report) Reply

  • Bharati Nayak (7/23/2016 10:18:00 AM)


    Maya Angelou was deeply distressed by the plight of black children.But she was not happy to make it a show on television as she thought it was not going to change their fate.Perhaps she thought these shows were making mockery of poor black children. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (7/23/2016 4:35:00 AM)


    News around the World! Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Poem Edited: Tuesday, May 10, 2016


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