3.7.07

Life Doesn't Frighten Me

I've been fascinated with buying children's books recently mostly because of new nieces, nephews for James and I plus my recent work with two AIDS Orphanages. My favorites lately have been: Aliens love underpants and Life Doesn't Frighten Me by Maya Angelou. The latter one by Ms. Angelou actually I would secretly love to buy for myself and would really recommend to get. Its a fantastic poem about fear and having courage and has the most amazing paintings by Jean-Michel Basquiat, an American artist who died in his late 20's. Anyway- I thought I'd share you this poem and one of my favorite paintings from the book. Please be aware the book does it way more justice though and it is a lot more moving if read it in its original context with ALL the paintings.




(Jean Michel Basquiat, Self Portrait--1982?)
Life Doesn't Frighten Me
by Maya Angelou
Shadows on the Wall
Noises down the Hall
Life Doesn't Frighten me at all
Bad Dogs Barking Loud
Big Ghosts in a cloud
Life Doesn't Frighten me at all.
Mean Old Mother Goose
Lions on the loose
They don't frighten me at all
Dragon's breathing flame
on my counterpane
That Doesn't frighten me at all.
I go boo
Make them shoo
I make fun
Way they run
I won't cry
So they fly
I just smile
They go wild
Life doesn't frighten me at all.
Tough guys fight
All alone at night
Life doesn't frighten me at all.
Panthers in the park
Strangers in the dark
No, they don't frighten me at all.
That new classroom where
Boys all pull my hair
(Kissy little girls
with their hair in curls)
They don't frighten me at all.
Don't show me frogs and snakes
And listen for my screams
If I'm afraid at all
It's only in my dreams.
I've got a magic charm
That I keep up my sleeve,
I can walk the ocean floor
And never have to breathe.
Life doesn't frighten me at all
Not at all
Not at all.
Life doesn't frighten me at all.

2 comments:

sherrie said...

this is a great poem. i love the line "That new classroom where Boys all pull my hair (Kissy little girls
with their hair in curls)"
how cute. thanks for sharing.

Celestia said...

Very nice poem. I wonder if I will be able to find this book at Barnes-n-Noble here in the states.