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Maya Angelou - The Lesson

I keep on dying again.
Veins collapse, opening like the
Small fists of sleeping
Memory of old tombs,
Rotting flesh and worms do
Not convince me against
The challenge. The years
And cold defeat live deep in
Lines along my face.
They dull my eyes, yet
I keep on dying,
Because I love to live. 

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Poet: Maya Angelou
Poem: The Lesson
Poem of the Day: May 12 2012

Comment 27 of 27, added on June 13th, 2012 at 9:45 PM.

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Harry Styles from United Kingdom
Comment 26 of 27, added on February 24th, 2012 at 6:22 PM.

yall stupid maya angelou is grat this poem is not boring

lupita from United States
Comment 25 of 27, added on May 3rd, 2011 at 10:30 PM.

The poem The Lesson is just that, it is a lesson. We are constantly and forever dying, both the cycle of lows and hardships as well as the literal and inevitable progression of life towards its end. But death is as much a part of life as life is, and we cannot be paralyzed by fear of death so that we do not live life. To appreciate what it means to live we must experience, learn from, and go on despite these struggles and mistakes. Thus we can only live and continue to live if we can accept the reality of death.

Kyra from United States

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