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Gumby
May 28th, 2014, 03:27 PM
I've enjoyed her work for years. So sad to see her go.

http://news.yahoo.com/university-poet-author-maya-angelou-dies-86-134624581.html

apple
May 28th, 2014, 03:51 PM
I did too, Gumby. She was so magnificent. Her presence, her voice, her philosophy.

aj47
May 28th, 2014, 03:55 PM
She was ... phenomenal.

Gumby
May 28th, 2014, 09:22 PM
One of my favorites:


Momma Welfare Roll by Maya Angelou



Her arms semaphore fat triangles,
Pudgy hands bunched on layered hips
Where bones idle under years of fatback
And lima beans.

Her jowls shiver in accusation
Of crimes cliched by Repetition.
Her children, strangers
To childhood's toys, play
Best the games of darkened doorways,
Rooftop tag, and know the slick feel of
Other people's property.

Too fat to whore,
Too mad to work,
Searches her dreams for the
Lucky sign and walks bare-handed
Into a den of bereaucrats for her portion.

'They don't give me welfare.
I take it.'