Maya Angelou

(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)

Insomniac - Poem by Maya Angelou

There are some nights when
sleep plays coy,
aloof and disdainful.
And all the wiles
that I employ to win
its service to my side
are useless as wounded pride,
and much more painful.


Comments about Insomniac by Maya Angelou

  • Susan Williams (12/30/2015 1:49:00 PM)


    are useless as wounded pride, - - Maya just amazes me with her ability to write lines like this so effortlessly, I cannot read her enough (Report) Reply

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  • Brian Jani (5/22/2014 6:20:00 PM)


    Nice concept for a poem well done hey (Report) Reply

  • Patricia Grantham (6/17/2013 8:27:00 PM)


    A good nights sleep is a blessing. Many of us
    at one time or another have find it difficult
    sometimes to go to sleep. We think of any
    thing or any way to help us get a good nights
    sleep. I have a few poems related to sleep.
    Sleep, Sunrise & Sunset, & Then Comes the Night
    Short and sweet.
    (Report) Reply

  • (4/1/2013 2:41:00 PM)


    A tragedy, it happens to us all. Sleep is vital to survive. (Report) Reply

  • (1/27/2012 11:05:00 PM)


    I need to sleep;
    I want to sleep;
    I dread to sleep!
    HRL
    (Report) Reply

  • (5/4/2011 11:18:00 AM)


    To me, being an insomniac is the best thing for my poetry. All my flashes of insiration happen late at night! Great relatable poem. Please check out some of mine - new to this site and would love to 'Get the ball rolling' and get any feedback; positive or negative - on my writing! thanx (some poems of mine include to be free, do you...etc) (Report) Reply

  • Bert Bell (10/30/2010 11:09:00 PM)


    A beautiful short and very true poem. How I relate to it. Simply splendid.10/10 (Report) Reply

  • (6/16/2010 2:45:00 AM)


    i can picture this poem in my mind being read over and over and over again as i lie in bed and cannot get my brain to fall asleep (Report) Reply

  • (1/22/2010 3:49:00 PM)


    so says the insomniac! ! ! ! ! ! one has to first love and appreciate the fine art of poetry to fully understand Maya's work. (Report) Reply

  • (3/23/2008 11:07:00 AM)


    maya angelou's poems never fail to touch me... this 1 too is wonderful. (Report) Reply

  • Melvina Germain (8/25/2006 7:59:00 AM)


    I can certainly relate to this at times. Very nice poem--Melvina (Report) Reply

  • (3/28/2006 7:57:00 PM)


    this speaks to me -.- I'm an insomniac. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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