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Maya Angelou - Men

When I was young, I used to
Watch behind the curtains
As men walked up and down the street. Wino men, old men.
Young men sharp as mustard.
See them. Men are always
Going somewhere.
They knew I was there. Fifteen
Years old and starving for them.
Under my window, they would pause,
Their shoulders high like the
Breasts of a young girl,
Jacket tails slapping over
Those behinds,
Men.

One day they hold you in the
Palms of their hands, gentle, as if you
Were the last raw egg in the world. Then
They tighten up. Just a little. The
First squeeze is nice. A quick hug.
Soft into your defenselessness. A little
More. The hurt begins. Wrench out a
Smile that slides around the fear. When the
Air disappears,
Your mind pops, exploding fiercely, briefly,
Like the head of a kitchen match. Shattered.
It is your juice
That runs down their legs. Staining their shoes.
When the earth rights itself again,
And taste tries to return to the tongue,
Your body has slammed shut. Forever.
No keys exist.

Then the window draws full upon
Your mind. There, just beyond
The sway of curtains, men walk.
Knowing something.
Going someplace.
But this time, I will simply
Stand and watch.

Maybe.

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Poet: Maya Angelou
Poem: Men

Comment 315 of 315, added on May 30th, 2015 at 9:48 PM.
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fMTnZx I am always searching online for articles that can help me. Thank you!

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Comment 314 of 315, added on May 30th, 2015 at 7:39 AM.
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vor3Fi You can definitely see your expertise in the paintings you write. The arena hopes for more passionate writers like you who are not afraid to say how they believe. All the time go after your heart.

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Comment 313 of 315, added on May 29th, 2015 at 1:30 PM.
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3H7BXH Hey, you used to write fantastic, but the last few posts have been kinda boring��� I miss your tremendous writings. Past several posts are just a little out of track! come on!

nick crorkz from Nepal

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