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

  • Favour Ugwumba Favour Ugwumba (5/5/2016 5:40:00 PM)


    lovely piece Maya, I love your works (Report) Reply

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  • C S Sunandana (4/13/2016 1:24:00 AM)


    Looks as if mother nature is speaking to me. These lines
    say it beautifully: Fall gently, snowflakes
    Cover me with white
    Cold icy kisses and
    Let me rest tonight.
    Felt fulfilled reading this poem (Report) Reply

  • Shivangi Vyas Shivangi Vyas (4/6/2016 2:50:00 PM)


    This is beautiful
    it looks like someone's reading a page of DIARY
    so true..... woman's have got so much to do and all that is narrated by you in this beautiful piece of art....! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Ernest Makuakua Ernest Makuakua (3/22/2016 10:27:00 AM)


    beautiful maya

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

  • Ahmed Gumaa Siddiek Ahmed Gumaa Siddiek (2/16/2016 12:18:00 PM)


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

    It looks as if the poem is extracted from a book of diary of a black woman in the old days of slavery where the hell of work was done by them. the poem is highway expressive. (Report) Reply

  • Tameeka Smith Tameeka Smith (2/12/2016 2:47:00 PM)


    Brilliance at it's best (Report) Reply

  • Rosie Bourget Rosie Bourget (1/8/2016 9:59:00 AM)


    Amazing write, amazing woman, great poet of her kind. (Report) Reply

  • * Sunprincess * (1/3/2016 8:00:00 PM)


    ..............wonderful write ★ (Report) Reply

  • Jakeia Williams 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

  • Cathy Smith 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

  • Ashirul Mondal 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

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


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

  • 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

  • Joseph Dela Sulh (losembe) Joseph Dela Sulh (losembe) (6/30/2015 10:48:00 AM)


    What a sensitive poem! (Report) Reply

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


    Right (Report) Reply

  • 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

  • Herbert Guitang Herbert Guitang (6/28/2015 9:40:00 AM)


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

  • Akachukwu Lekwauwa Akachukwu Lekwauwa (6/28/2015 9:25:00 AM)


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

  • Maria C. Pires Costa 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

  • Edward Kofi Louis 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

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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