Refusal – Maya Angelou


In what other lives or lands 

Have I known your lips 

Your Hands 

Your Laughter brave 


Those sweet excesses that 

I do adore. 

What surety is there 

That we will meet again, 

On other worlds some 

Future time undated. 

I defy my body’s haste. 

Without the promise 

Of one more sweet encounter 

I will not deign to die.