Here, we have 4 very beautiful love poems by Maya Angelou.
Maya Angelou is, perhaps, the most influential African American female author of the 20th century. She has been a strong voice for women, and black women in particular.
Though Maya's poetry is less well known than some of her other works, she has crafted many beautiful and often romantic poems with unique rhythm and rhyme. For more love poems, check out our Love and Sad Poems.
These love poems by Maya Angelou all have a sense of quiet longing, a theme that runs through much of her work.
When You Come
When you come to me, unbidden, Beckoning me To long-ago rooms, Where memories lie.
Offering me, as to a child, an attic, Gatherings of days too few. Baubles of stolen kisses. Trinkets of borrowed loves. Trunks of secret words,
Give me your hand Make room for me to lead and follow you beyond this rage of poetry.
Let others have the privacy of touching words and love of loss of love.
For me Give me your hand.
Your skin like dawn Mine like musk
One paints the beginning of a certain end.
The other, the end of a sure beginning.
Touched by an Angel
We, unaccustomed to courage exiles from delight live coiled in shells of loneliness until love leaves its high holy temple and comes into our sight to liberate us into life.
Love arrives and in its train come ecstasies old memories of pleasure ancient histories of pain. Yet if we are bold, love strikes away the chains of fear from our souls
We are weaned from our timidity In the flush of love's light we dare be brave And suddenly we see that love costs all we are and will ever be. Yet it is only love which sets us free
These romantic poems use symbols and similes to elucidate Maya's romantic ideal. This style makes these poems perfect for using in a love letter, or to recite to a loved one.
They evoke a universal need for caring and closeness, those qualities that are the point and triumph of a romantic relationship.