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(4 April 1928)

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They Went Home

They went home and told their wives,
that never once in all their lives,
had they known a girl like me,
But... They went home.

They said my house was licking clean,
no word I spoke was ever mean,
I had an air of mystery,
But... They went home.

My praises were on all men's lips,
they liked my smile, my wit, my hips,
they'd spend one night, or two or three.
But...

Submitted: Saturday, June 18, 2005


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  • Patricia Grantham (10/4/2013 2:14:00 PM)

    Enjoyed this witty but very truthful write. Sooner or later
    amongst all the fine words and compliments ultimately
    home is where the heart is. Very inspiring.

    3 person liked.
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  • Freewill Amon (12/13/2012 1:41:00 AM)

    Yeah! .. I'm one of those avid admirers that hate to break hearts and have a one night stand just because I saw something that pleased my heart. To all the cute and sexy ladies out there, I wanna say, Yes I did! ..

  • Kacie Sherman (10/9/2012 6:55:00 PM)

    i love this poem i feel like with all her poetry she is just able to extend herself to you

  • Vyktor Ekott (2/19/2011 10:17:00 PM)

    fabulous. In your poems, i see a woman who's got heaps of confidence stored up in her. They always go home, amidst the praises and all. Nice one

  • Anna L (4/8/2010 3:18:00 PM)

    Another great inspiring [poem by maya angelou

  • Rinki Nandy (2/5/2010 3:08:00 AM)

    they went home.....thhis is commen everywhere now, men spending few days with you, admiring you, loving you and faking you at last leaving you.

  • Seema Joglekar (8/17/2009 4:16:00 AM)

    Subtle-evokes me to pen this;
    Amazons were born freaks of nature,
    A centre found beyond the point of curvature,
    hence they adorn the portals of abysmal heaven
    Left on the pedestal, crushed, moulded, cursed as divine

  • Rehana Nazli (8/13/2009 4:53:00 AM)

    The power of a strong woman scares the weaker men. Your poem brings forth the reality of those men who face such dilema due to whatever reasons. A lovely heartfelt poem, Maya.

    Rehana NAZLI
    London,13th August,2009

  • Jia Kho (8/1/2009 6:31:00 AM)

    reminds me of one greek myth... though i forgot which one. it's about a beautiful woman, who was always adored by men, envied by women, but even with such stunning looks, men just smiles, pauses then admires her, then continues on their journey once more. or in your words... 'they went home'.

    it seemed that no one thought good enough of themselves to be worthy of such beauty.

  • Funmi Anonymous (6/5/2009 8:23:00 AM)

    The question the naive girl asks herself everynight upon ignorance. True and educative, if it doesn't look right, seem right, or feel right, it probably isn't right..Thanks Maya

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