Treasure Island

Maya Angelou

(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)

Alone


Lying, thinking
Last night
How to find my soul a home
Where water is not thirsty
And bread loaf is not stone
I came up with one thing
And I don't believe I'm wrong
That nobody,
But nobody
Can make it out here alone.

Alone, all alone
Nobody, but nobody
Can make it out here alone.

There are some millionaires
With money they can't use
Their wives run round like banshees
Their children sing the blues
They've got expensive doctors
To cure their hearts of stone.
But nobody
No, nobody
Can make it out here alone.

Alone, all alone
Nobody, but nobody
Can make it out here alone.

Now if you listen closely
I'll tell you what I know
Storm clouds are gathering
The wind is gonna blow
The race of man is suffering
And I can hear the moan,
'Cause nobody,
But nobody
Can make it out here alone.

Alone, all alone
Nobody, but nobody
Can make it out here alone.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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  • Mehta Hasmukh Amathalal (5/30/2014 8:38:00 AM)

    Lovely poem. i composed full poem on this fidn some excerpts.....10

    You need to ask one question
    And clearly mention
    With one voice
    That you should stand with words to promise

    Compare with no other
    That shall only make you to bother
    Add to worries
    And carry no further

    Best way is to forget
    About whole world and let
    Your views prevail
    And take you further without fail (Report) Reply

  • Jeanette Telusma (4/29/2014 10:25:00 PM)

    Alone, all alone
    Nobody, but nobody
    Can make it out here alone......... So true, we all need each other. So touching. Thanks Madam Maya. (Report) Reply

  • Alina O'leary (4/16/2014 12:10:00 AM)

    I hate to correct you
    But I feel like I should
    Living out here alone
    You say no one could

    But I can, I will,
    I'll keep living on still.
    I'm used to it, it's fine
    I'll never resign.

    Being alone is what I accept.
    That doesn't mean that I am inept.
    Trust me, don't worry, the damage is done.
    It's a never-ending battle that I've already won

    Being alone doesn't make me sore
    I can definitely take it. Throw at me more.
    Being alone has no lose or gain.
    It'd ok. I'm used to the pain.

    Yes, I'm alone, all alone
    But you won't hear me cry or moan.
    But I can and I will make it out here alone. (Report) Reply

  • Crystal Star (4/1/2014 5:38:00 AM)

    Where water is not thirsty
    And bread loaf is not stone I think I can find such a place only in poetry
    I felt like loneliness was a disease only i suffer but today i know well that many do. It is not contagious like the smile we always wear to conceal the single sadness within of being alone. (Report) Reply

  • Meski Dessie (3/18/2014 5:23:00 AM)

    This poem brings mixed emotions that travel miles but gives me a reason that love isnt absurd. (Report) Reply

  • Meshack Bankole (11/29/2013 2:16:00 AM)

    Touching words! Reminds me of those words again, “nobody, i say nobody can make it out of here alone.“ to get to our promised-land, we need a pinch of of the spiritual- where mortal hands can‘t reach.
    Love u MADAM MAYA (Report) Reply

  • Cambridge Keenan (11/21/2013 10:48:00 PM)

    Such a wonderful poem...this really spoke to me...I can feel your passion here...and warning....thank you for sharing (Report) Reply

  • Poems 7137 (11/4/2013 8:07:00 AM)

    Amazing poetry... :) It is true with all the wrong ways we are trying to find happiness, we are only going more away from it. And the glory of the world is lost to the extent that even if one person re-finds the evaded self; it will become very difficult for him/her to live his/her freedom in this falsely netted surrounding.Till the one is accompanied or guided by another presence. It is true what they say about poets being closer to existence. You are one of the truest poetess, Maya Angelou. An inspiration.! (Report) Reply

  • Patricia Grantham (6/17/2013 6:52:00 PM)

    Really touched my heart. We all need someone
    in our lives. Life can slowly wither away without
    love in our lives. Everyone wants to be needed
    in some way or the other. Very thoughtful write. (Report) Reply

  • Buti Roos (4/23/2013 7:32:00 PM)

    That is the truth...
    Nobody can survive alone in this world,
    We need each other (Report) Reply

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