[Poetry Friday] Woman Work by Maya Angelou and Tracy Chapman

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Myra here.

As we continue with our current bimonthly theme Rainbow Colors of Diversity: Voices of the Silenced allow me to share one of Maya Angelou’s poems with you.

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I found this book in the library when my 12 year old daughter had a Poetry unit in her Literature class. I wanted her to be more familiarized with the lyrical beauty of Maya Angelou’s verse. Poetry Friday is hosted this week by Julie Larios from the Drift Record.

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I thought that this particular poem was particularly fitting especially since March is Women’s Month. This book is edited by Edwin Graves Wilson and illustrated by Jerome Lagarrigue. There is a comprehensive introduction that looked into the life of Maya Angelou, her literary influences, and the stories that shaped the woman that she is. I took a photo of the page and edited it using an iPhone app.

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Don’t you feel this way at times? Stretched to the point of infinity, the chores never-ending? Yet despite the predominantly hurried tone of the poem, I found peace in the sunshine, the rain, and the moon glow. Absolutely beautiful.

I was suddenly reminded of Tracy Chapman’s song entitled “Woman’s Work.” Enjoy, dear friends.

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11 Comments on [Poetry Friday] Woman Work by Maya Angelou and Tracy Chapman

  1. Her “to do list” is staggering, isn’t it? It’s a good thing she takes time for herself in the middle to enjoy the cooling rain and the curving sky.

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  2. “Storm, blow me from here/with your fiercest wind”-what a gorgeous poem of reflection, Myra. Will send this to my daughter who has had a harried week. My mother, one of five, always spoke of when they were young, my grandmother took a walk every day after dinner. No one could go with her, it was “her” walk. I always thought it was how she survived, that one little time of the day that was hers. Thanks for this-beautiful!

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  3. Nice! I love it! 🙂

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  4. Wow, haven’t thought about Tracey Chapman in years. What a talent, along with the amazing Maya 🙂

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  5. That’s a winning combination of poet and songstress, Myra.

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  6. maryleehahn // March 22, 2014 at 8:16 pm // Reply

    Perfect post for the first day of spring break, when I can leave all the “got-to”s behind and throw my energy into the “want-to”s!

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  7. I love Tracy Chapman–and Maya Angelou’s not too shabby, either! And this put me in mind of Kate Bush’s “This Woman’s Work” (http://youtu.be/7TupvVpxY_U), a haunting song about a childbirth crisis–although it could be read other ways, too.

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  8. I love this combination, and love how Maya Angelou brings music, as well as her roots as a dancer, into her poetry.

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  9. Hi, Myra. Yes, I DO feel that way. My husband has been a great partner in sharing household chores and is a hands-on parent — lucky me. But this poem still strikes a chord. It’s good to sometimes step away from the busy-ness.

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  10. Maya Angelou and Tracy Chapman, how could I resist stopping? They are both amazing. Having two daughters I always hope they will know strong role models and understand how hard women have worked to get to where they are today. I don’t really want them taking any of that for granted. Thanks for sharing this Women’s Month post.

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  11. “Storm, blow me from here/With your fiercest wind/Let me float across the sky/Till I can rest again.” Damn, that’s good. Nice choice to let this poem share the stage with Tracy Chapman too… a wonderful post, Myra. Thank you.

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