poet Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

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Insomniac

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.

Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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  • Suryendu Chaudhury (10/11/2020 1:09:00 AM)

    A beautifully penned poem on a common understanding. The metaphysical refinement is missing.

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  • Suresh Kumar EkSuresh Kumar Ek (9/5/2020 9:21:00 AM)

    it is poetic insomnia

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (8/31/2020 10:57:00 PM)

    There are some nights when
    sleep plays coy,
    aloof and disdainful.
    Wounded pride
    and it is very painful. tony

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  • Adeeb AlfatehAdeeb Alfateh (7/14/2019 2:00:00 AM)

    There are some nights when
    sleep plays coy,
    aloof and disdainful.
    And all the wiles
    that I employ to win
    .....................great expression
    great 10++++++++++++++++++++++++

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  • Dipak adhya (3/31/2019 2:11:00 AM)

    classic one

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  • yeetusgamerlife (9/26/2018 10:21:00 AM)

    she took the kids help me

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  • dhivia (5/10/2018 10:33:00 AM)

    tthe narrator should have more life
    in her voice

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  • Resh Kav (6/24/2017 8:06:00 PM)

    Simple yet beautiful

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  • Brian JaniBrian Jani (5/22/2014 6:20:00 PM)

    Nice concept for a poem well done hey

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  • Patricia GranthamPatricia 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.

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  • Walterrean Salley (4/1/2013 2:41:00 PM)

    A tragedy, it happens to us all. Sleep is vital to survive.

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  • Holt Louque (1/27/2012 11:05:00 PM)

    I need to sleep;
    I want to sleep;
    I dread to sleep!
    HRL

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  • Shadow Girl (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)

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

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

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  • Tiffany Wells (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

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  • Natasha Phillips (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.

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  • Torsa Ghosal (3/23/2008 11:07:00 AM)

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

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

    I can certainly relate to this at times. Very nice poem--Melvina

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  • Lilah Weiss (3/28/2006 7:57:00 PM)

    this speaks to me -.- I'm an insomniac.

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