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.

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

What is the meaning of the poem?

Delwyn Birch
9 months

I see God in your work.

Hailish Yelzeger
over 1 year

RIP dear sweet beautiful Marguerite <3

over 1 year

What does grow the fruit and eat the rind mean?

Hailish Yelzeger
Hailish Yelzeger
over 1 year

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
almost 2 years

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

Shemené Kok
almost 2 years

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

Ingeborg von Finsterwalde/Waltraud I Mack
over 2 years

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
over 1 year

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 2 years

a marvel fuse,

Darío Martínez
over 2 years

Really lovely, madam. Congrats!
(Buenos Aires, Argentina).

over 2 years

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

Great poem.


Rocio Fierro
over 2 years

I really like this poem!

Robert L. Martin
over 2 years

The world is a funny place.

over 2 years

Incredibly moving poem, I enjoyed every line!

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

Well said.

almost 4 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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