Two Days to Note and Spring Flowers

21 Mar

I’m marking two special days today, World Down Syndrome Day  and International Poetry Day with a poem about the Human Family from a poet I admire greatly, Maya Angelou. You’ll find more of her poems here if you put her name in the search bar. This post and poem are for my friends, R,T and their wonderful little boy, A. You can read more about them here.

Human Family by Maya Angelou

I note the obvious differences
in the human family.
Some of us are serious,
some thrive on comedy.

Some declare their lives are lived
as true profundity,
and others claim they really live
the real reality.

The variety of our skin tones
can confuse, bemuse, delight,
brown and pink and beige and purple,
tan and blue and white.

I’ve sailed upon the seven seas
and stopped in every land,
I’ve seen the wonders of the world
not yet one common man.

I know ten thousand women
called Jane and Mary Jane,
but I’ve not seen any two
who really were the same.

Mirror twins are different
although their features jibe,
and lovers think quite different thoughts
while lying side by side.

We love and lose in China,
we weep on England’s moors,
and laugh and moan in Guinea,
and thrive on Spanish shores.

We seek success in Finland,
are born and die in Maine.
In minor ways we differ,
in major we’re the same.

I note the obvious differences
between each sort and type,
but we are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.

We are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.

We are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.

There are Primroses everywhere in Cornwall in Spring and the Violets are just beginning to show.

For my cousin, Wendy



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4 responses to “Two Days to Note and Spring Flowers

  1. nrhatch

    March 22, 2021 at 12:42 pm

    Love the primroses!

  2. Wendy Edgeley

    March 22, 2021 at 12:37 am

    Thanks, Sally, for remembering my love of violets. So delicately beautiful!

  3. Mama Cormier

    March 21, 2021 at 6:33 pm

    Great poem. Thanks for sharing.

    • mybeautfulthings

      March 21, 2021 at 6:44 pm

      It seemed just right for celebrating A’s life and those of all humanity on this day. 🙂


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