Acclaimed author, poet and activist Maya Angelou died today at the age of 86. In remembrance of her inspiring life and prolific career, we've selected 9 of her poems that you can read online:
"The caged bird sings
with a fearful trill
of things unknown
but longed for still"
"On the Pulse of Morning"
"The Rock cries out to us today,
You may stand upon me,
But do not hide your face."
"Still I Rise"
"You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise."
"Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size"
"Alone, all alone
Nobody, but nobody
Can make it out here alone."
"To a Man"
"My man is
Black Golden Amber
"When I Think About Myself"
"When I think about myself,
I almost laugh myself to death"
"I note the obvious differences
in the human family.
Some of us are serious,
some thrive for comedy."
Read the entire poem from 'I Shall Not Be Moved'
In what other lives or lands
Have I known your lips
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