Maya Angelou

(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)

Alone - Poem by Maya Angelou

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.

Comments about Alone by Maya Angelou

  • Thaís Fernandes (12/11/2018 9:08:00 PM)

    It was brilliantly written. Maya Angelou is one of my favorite poets. (Report) Reply

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  • (11/10/2018 9:25:00 PM)

    I feel her motherly love and I feel less alone. (Report) Reply

  • (10/23/2018 10:04:00 AM)

    alone 2012 one page is missing in the book/because that is the truth alone/ well i sure am a dork. (Report) Reply

  • (9/27/2018 7:46:00 AM)

    Do what do you like to do, not what the others like you to do Be free be alone 😊 (Report) Reply

  • (9/25/2018 12:06:00 AM)

    She was the embodiment of that chorus. This, and all her works, are so powerfully inspirational. (Report) Reply

  • Khairul Ahsan (9/24/2018 9:44:00 PM)

    'Alone, all alone
    Nobody, but nobody
    Can make it out here alone' - a stark reality. We are meant to be bound together, yet we tend to separate ourselves!
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  • (9/24/2018 11:37:00 AM)

    We are who we are or where we are because of other people. In my home language: Motho ke motho ka batho. Thank you honourable Angelou (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (9/24/2018 10:42:00 AM)

    But nobody
    No, nobody
    Can make it out here true. One can't do everything alone. In any welfare work there is need of unity. Beautiful poem.
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  • Savita Tyagi (9/24/2018 8:56:00 AM)

    So beautiful and lyrical. Nobody can make it alone. Sadly we have been pushed in a lifestyle making us more and more alone! (Report) Reply

  • Glen Kappy (9/24/2018 7:48:00 AM)

    Definitely sounds like song lyrics, and it’s easy for me to imagine this in Maya’s voice. And anyone who’d argue with the truth of this lacks the capacity for observation and/or truth-telling. -GK (Report) Reply


    Glen, we're on the same Wavelength! ! ! ! !

  • Ramesh T A (9/24/2018 3:14:00 AM)

    So many things are remaining to be done in the world. Sure, all things can't be done alone here. If one has to live a lonely life such things can never come to mind at all. That is the case with loneliness! (Report) Reply

  • (9/24/2018 3:10:00 AM)

    A poem of wise words we as a species need to help and love each other? .........well penned. (Report) Reply

  • Muzahidul Reza (9/24/2018 2:33:00 AM)

    Alone, alone, all, all alone,
    Alone on a wide wide sea! ...... these two lines by Coleridge, echo on your poem ALONE, thanks for sharing
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  • Mahtab Bangalee (9/24/2018 1:40:00 AM)

    Oh loneliness,
    deserted mind,
    cast away mind activeness,
    make poisonous everything of nature!

    I want a freedom,
    I want a fly to get rid of poisonous environment, society, politics, religions..............everything!
    (Report) Reply

  • Ruta Mohapatra (9/24/2018 1:31:00 AM)

    So true! We need others for survival. (Report) Reply

  • Petals Azureblue (9/24/2018 1:08:00 AM)

    Never alone, never ever alone. A poem of great power and inspiration by Maya. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (9/24/2018 12:44:00 AM)

    Such a great poem by Maya Angelou....................................................... (Report) Reply

  • Raynolds Moseamedi (9/5/2018 1:53:00 AM)

    Dr. Maya... thank you... your poems are well enjoyed, may thy soul be blessed by the great God above. (Report) Reply

  • (8/23/2018 1:40:00 PM)

    God bless your soul ...your literature moves me so deeply I resonate to your soulful poems (Report) Reply

  • (8/20/2018 8:53:00 PM) we miss your liquid grace. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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