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Human Family

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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 

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