Maya Angelou

(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)

Woman Work - Poem by Maya Angelou

I've got the children to tend
The clothes to mend
The floor to mop
The food to shop
Then the chicken to fry
The baby to dry
I got company to feed
The garden to weed
I've got shirts to press
The tots to dress
The can to be cut
I gotta clean up this hut
Then see about the sick
And the cotton to pick.

Shine on me, sunshine
Rain on me, rain
Fall softly, dewdrops
And cool my brow again.

Storm, blow me from here
With your fiercest wind
Let me float across the sky
'Til I can rest again.

Fall gently, snowflakes
Cover me with white
Cold icy kisses and
Let me rest tonight.

Sun, rain, curving sky
Mountain, oceans, leaf and stone
Star shine, moon glow
You're all that I can call my own.

Comments about Woman Work by Maya Angelou

  • Rookie - 47 Points Jakeia Williams (10/26/2015 9:06:00 PM)

    Work is always cut out, wage or none. If a woman didn't know her role... (Report) Reply

    2 person liked.
    2 person did not like.
  • Rookie - 392 Points Cathy Smith (10/25/2015 3:55:00 PM)

    so many different points of view. rarely do i like poetry that ryhmes. but i like this. this feeling. love you maya, too bad we couldn't have you for a longer time. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 443 Points Ashirul Mondal (10/4/2015 3:16:00 AM)

    All the words are like a shadow of reality. i like this kind of poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie lml cumberlander (9/15/2015 9:52:00 AM)

    I love all her poems and i hope she rests in pease (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 613 Points Frankie Wills (8/21/2015 5:07:00 PM)

    Well spoken and inspired - perfect description. She lays the undeniable truth down in such beautiful verse - you couldn't contradict it. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,359 Points Joseph Dela Sulh (losembe) (6/30/2015 10:48:00 AM)

    What a sensitive poem! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Tinmoe Htwe (6/29/2015 9:56:00 PM)

    Right (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 28,812 Points Kim Barney (6/28/2015 11:25:00 AM)

    Lovely poem (and I really do love it) but surely there is a typo in the line:
    The can to be cut
    How do you cut a can? Surely it must be:
    The CANE (meaning sugarcane) to be cut (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 8,689 Points Herbert Guitang (6/28/2015 9:40:00 AM)

    An intelligent work of piece. Great write (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,737 Points Akachukwu Lekwauwa (6/28/2015 9:25:00 AM)

    Work of a phenomenal woman. I love Maya Poems (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 387 Points Maria C. Pires Costa (6/28/2015 7:41:00 AM)

    A lovely tribute to women's work mingled with Nature elements revered by the Poet as the unique assets.
    Maya Angelou has left a deep trail in Poetry.
    Please, dear readers and colleagues,

    A lovely tribute to women's work mingled with Nature elements revered by the Poet as unique assets.
    Maya Angelou has left a deep trail in Poetry.
    I'd appreciate, dear readers and colleagues, your read / rate of my poem under that same title: Deep Trail in Poetry (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 46,883 Points Edward Kofi Louis (6/28/2015 6:41:00 AM)

    I got company to feed; with the muse of the role of a woman in the house. Nice work. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 192 Points Joseph Poewhit (6/28/2015 5:06:00 AM)

    woman.s work is never done (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,776 Points Naida Nepascua Supnet (6/28/2015 2:41:00 AM)

    maya is always ever brilliant with words (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 80 Points Gaurangi Vyas (6/11/2015 7:29:00 AM)

    great piece of work...a woman's responsibilities fitted in so beautifully. everything is just perfect! (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,242 Points Lopamudra Mishra (4/18/2015 11:21:00 AM)

    description of awoman 's mood swing n rescue frm it well projected. (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,272 Points Cynthia Buhain-baello (8/4/2014 7:32:00 AM)

    Amazing write on the many and almost endless chores of a woman at home. Perfectly worded and rhymed with remarkable rhythm. (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 4,244 Points Primrose Tee (7/2/2014 12:59:00 PM)

    Shine on all my ladies (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 184 Points Brian Jani (4/26/2014 5:39:00 PM)

    Shout out to my mom (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 12 Points Fiona Schwartzinoff (12/19/2013 7:50:00 PM)

    Feminist, but I like it... beautiful. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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