Harlem Hopscotch by Maya Angelou

October 18, 2008 at 3:34 am 2 comments

One foot down, then hop!  It’s hot.
    Good things for the ones that’s got.
Another jump, now to the left.
    Everybody for hisself. 

In the air, now both feet down.
    Since you black, don’t stick around.
Food is gone, the rent is due,
    Curse and cry and then jump two.

All the people out of work,
    Hold for three, then twist and jerk.
Cross the line, they count you out.
    That’s what hopping’s all about.

Both feet flat, the game is done.
They think I lost. I think I won.
(b. 1928)

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. jasmine  |  November 13, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    i love this pome it the best it explain what going on in my town today thats why i choosen this pome for my eassy at school so i would like to say thanks again.

    love jasmine gibson a 11th grader at MCHS

  • 2. Dominique, 10th grd hhs  |  March 5, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    this poem is very good. and emotional. my english teacher is having us right what the poem means and find facts about the author.


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