Thursday, February 16, 2012

Woman's Work

In my effort to become more inspired by poetry, I picked up a book at a local thrift store that I happened to come upon. It's a compilation of poems by Maya Angelou. She is someone I've always admired, but to be honest, I've never sat down to read her works. And I would have paid more for this book, but I am a bargain hunter at heart, so I think it was meant-to-be that this book was waiting for me at the thrift store!

What's very interesting and kismet, is that I opened the book to page 144, and on this page is a poem that I totally identify with. It's titled 'Woman Work'. I hope you enjoy it...

Woman Work

I've got the children to tend
The clothes to mend
The floor to mop
The food to shop
Then the chicken to fry
Then the baby to dry
I got company to feed
The garden to weed
I've got the shirts to press
The tots to dress
The cane 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.  

~ Maya Angelou


1 comment:

  1. I love Maya, too but have rarely read her works. Oh I am jealous...what a find!! This poem speaks so much:)