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Human Family written by Maya Angelou

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Human Family (Poem)

written by Maya Angelou

 
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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.