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Men Analysis

Author: Poetry of Maya Angelou Type: Poetry Views: 633

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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,

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.



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Maya was molested when she was younger while visiting her mother and i feel that this poem is depicitng what she thought of ir. she talkes about how the man would draw her in, and how attracted she was to them but then in the second stanza she cahnges, the "hurt begins". and she her life changes. her body has slammed shut for ever and no key exists, and she is more weary of men after wards

| Posted on 2009-05-07 | by a guest

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I love this poem because it remindes me of myself and my family.(most my mom or grandmother in their day) I feel inspired by Angelou's writting of her poems. sometimes I wish I could express myself like her. "Fifteen years old and starving for them..." I remeber when I was that same age, and my mom telling me "I know you will look at boys a different way but, I trust you." I know how Angelou feels to look at the different kind of men in the world, and just to think we fall for the sweet things they say or do. She makes me think of things i could do with my life, I want to write poetry too, and Angelou is the only thing that inspiries me.

Tiffany Mathews,

| Posted on 2006-02-06 | by Approved Guest

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