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Monday, July 9, 2007.



By Maya Angelou


Televised news turns
a half-used day into
a waste of desolation.
If nothing wondrous preceded
the catastrophic announcements,
certainly nothing will follow, save
the sad-eyed faces of
bony children,
distended bellies making
mock at their starvation.
Why are they always
Whom do they await?
The lamb-chop flesh
reeks and cannot be
eaten. Even the
green peas roll on my plate
unmolested. Their innocence
matched by the helpless
hope in the children's faces.
Why do Black children
hope? Who will bring
them peas and lamb chops
and one more morning?


© Maya Angelou

Born Marguerite Johnson in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, on April 4, 1928, Dr. Maya Angelou is a remarkable Renaissance woman who is hailed as one of the great voices of modern literature. She is a contemporary of Dr Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X and a host of other Black icons in America and Africa.


The first African American female director in Hollywood, Dr Angelou has also lived in Africa. As a poet, educator, historian, best-selling author, actress, playwright, civil-rights  activist, producer and director, she continues to travel the world, spreading her legendary wisdom.  


Within the rhythm of her poetry and elegance of her prose lies Angelou's unique power to help readers of every orientation span the lines of race and Angelou captivates audiences through the vigour and sheer beauty of her words and lyrics.


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