Questions for Ms. Maya

In some moments of the day
I wonder how will your pen sing
As you witness the clipped wings
Of us, breathing beings.

Would you sway your hips,
Dance alone as if
Your walls are swinging
Under your roof’s tin cliff?

Would you paint the sun
In a persimmon smile
While some bombs crackle
Closer than a mile?

Would you hush us,
The modern caged birds afraid,
With a cool drink to satiate
our hope, once was flamed?

Would you promise, other than ashes,
we will rise, we will rise,
like the pulse of a morning,
free of yesterday’s whys?

Would you?
Would you?
Would you?

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27 thoughts on “Questions for Ms. Maya”

    1. ahh. thank you for spotting that line, Laura, and for your super prompt visit.

      happy to be back and at a beautiful timing when everyone’s writing about the poets they adore. it really amazed me how no one poet was repeated. each has their own muse and symbols to look up to. beautiful discoveries thanks to your apt prompt!

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  1. I love how you address the poet asking for advice to heal our modern ills. Well, really, its the human condition on a global stage isn’t it? Poets are there to remind us never to lose hope!

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    1. sigh. i agree. perhaps we are torch bearers and change makers, one way or another (?). there was one poet in Myanmar (under coup) who was killed for her writings… hence. sigh. glad you like it, Ingrid. ❤

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  2. Beautifully done! Wouldn’t it be fun to sit down and have a conversation with our favorite poets? You have captured the conversation you might have very well in this one.

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    1. “we are trying to build cages where once we were free.” Bjorn, this line is a potential mother to another poem. Thank you for the warm welcome! Grateful to always have dVerse when i am around.


  3. A adore Maya Angelou and your poem is beautifully writ to her. The references to the bird, the singing, we will rise (writ three times). Just a beautiful ode to her. I taught the book I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings in an African American Lit class I designed, and an all-white rural Iowa high school in 1972 and 1973. Also did poetry by her and Langston Hughes….and the Autobiography of Malcom X. It was an awakening for my students.
    Just a beautiful post!

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    1. wow. would have love to have a teacher like you, as well! did not get the chance to have literature and poetry during my student days but happy to discover her and more poets as i aged. ❤


  4. This is absolutely stunning! I especially love; “Would you hush us,The modern caged birds afraid, With a cool drink to satiate our hope, once was flamed?”💝💝

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