Refusal by Maya Angelou

Beloved,
In what other lives or lands
Have I known your lips
Your Hands
Your Laughter brave
Irreverent.
Those sweet excesses that
I do adore.
What surety is there
That we will meet again,
On other worlds some
Future time undated.
I defy my body's haste.
Without the promise
Of one more sweet encounter
I will not deign to die.

by Maya Angelou

author, poet, historian, songwriter, playwright, dancer, stage and screen producer, director, performer, singer, and civil rights activist

Other poems by 'Maya Angelou'

Still I Rise

Phenomenal Woman

I know why the caged bird sings

Touched by An Angel

Men

Alone

A Conceit

Woman Work

The Lesson

Remembrance