When I Think About Myself

When I think about myself,
I almost laugh myself to death,
My life has been one great big joke,
A dance that's walked
A song that's spoke,
I laugh so hard I almost choke
When I think about myself.

Sixty years in these folks' world
The child I works for calls me girl
I say 'Yes ma'am' for working's sake.
Too proud to bend
Too poor to break,
I laugh until my stomach ache,
When I think about myself.

My folks can make me split my side,
I laughed so hard I nearly died,
The tales they tell, sound just like lying,
They grow the fruit,
But eat the rind,
I laugh until I start to crying,
When I think about my folks.

by Maya Angelou

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A cutting poem on a young poet's wasted life and his defeatist outlook - a shame for those so gifted but so cowardly as to escape through suicide.
My take of this poem is that life is a precious gift given to us by God. To make the decision to end it by suicide is unforgivable and a cowardly act that does not afford us a chance to find a solution to whatever the problem is.