Alone- Maya Angelou

I hope that I haven’t posted this before but it’s Maya Angelou and I can’t pass up a chance to revisit one of her pieces. The refrain of this poem has been in my head for a while so I decided to share it. Can I just say that I love this poem? It is a reminder to me in my antisocial moments that I need other people, that I need to get out and smell fresh air, smile at other people and interact. It repeats in my ear that I am not an introvert and that, in spite of my thinking otherwise, I am fed by engaging with others. It also reminds me of the movie Poetic Justice and Janet Jackson and who can’t use a reminder of Janet? I hope you enjoy it!

courtesy of lilliemcferrin.com

courtesy of lilliemcferrin.com

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.

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