When I think about myself,
I almost laugh myself to death,
My life has been one great big joke,
A dance that’s walked
A song that’s spoke,
I laugh so hard I almost choke
When I think about myself.
Sixty years in these folks’ world
The child I works for calls me girl
I say “Yes ma’am” for working’s sake.
Too proud to bend
Too poor to break,
I laugh until my stomach ache,
When I think about myself.
My folks can make me split my side,
I laughed so hard I nearly died,
The tales they tell, sound just like lying,
They grow the fruit,
But eat the rind,
I laugh until I start to crying,
When I think about my folks.

Karla Hart CLEMENTINE Laura Alaniz Esther Yasmin Groeneveld Ingeborg von Finsterwalde/Waltraud I Mack anubis love anderson A D Shemené Kok J.J Tendai Moyo Alessandro Moyo Carolina Patricia Arévalo Barroso Amy Loretta Fowler Chrissie walker Daniel Romero Gae Dove Maduo Daymond R Robinson Rocio Fierro unathi tshoemela Megan Niehaus Jayme Slais lilianacruzguillen@hotmail.com Bethlhem Fernanda Allerano Gildardo Neri CHER' JEAN Hans Sedella Kimiko Watson poshy M Carlos de Miguel Laura f Sofía  Rodríguez Ahmad Anderson Spencer Tindle Nqobile Mazibuko Darío Martínez Huma B Jamaria Alexander Pilar Kali Mint Maryanne Mosiejczuk keria Nthikeng Daniel Madileng Lesha Pierre
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Hailish Yelzeger
7 months

RIP dear sweet beautiful Marguerite <3

8 months

What does grow the fruit and eat the rind mean?

Hailish Yelzeger
Hailish Yelzeger
7 months

It means.. slaves tended to the crops but did not get to eat what was grown.. given scraps instead - a rind of fruit.

Isabella Koldras
12 months

..it is a journey ...not a destination... R.I.P. Maya Angelou.

Shemené Kok
about 1 year

Yeah I like reading this one every now and then, reminds me of what poetry truly is.

Ingeborg von Finsterwalde/Waltraud I Mack
over 1 year

May you rest in peace my dear Lady Maya Angelou. There will not be anybody very soon that will reach the heights of your success and be loved so much...

Maria Do Céu Pires Costa
Maria Do Céu Pires Costa
7 months

Hi, dear Ingeborg! :) I'd like to invite you to read my poem "Deep Trail in Poetry". Then you'll see my association to your post above. Thanks in advance.

over 1 year

a marvel fuse,

Darío Martínez
almost 2 years

Really lovely, madam. Congrats!

(Buenos Aires, Argentina).

almost 2 years

Amen to this one. These words have given me inspiration.

Great poem.


Rocio Fierro
almost 2 years

I really like this poem!

Robert L. Martin
almost 2 years

The world is a funny place.

almost 2 years

Incredibly moving poem, I enjoyed every line!

D. Thurmond   aka  JEF (James Everett Falcon)
almost 2 years

Well said.

about 3 years

you truly have a talent , don't give up on yourself you're amazing and have something great destined for you, don't give up on yourself <3


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