Treasure Island

Maya Angelou

(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)

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.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

Do you like this poem?
7 person liked.
22 person did not like.

Read poems about / on: pride, sleep

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Insomniac by Maya Angelou )

Enter the verification code :

  • 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

  • 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) (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

  • 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 (Report) Reply

  • 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. (Report) Reply

Read all 11 comments »

Top Poems

  1. Phenomenal Woman
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  5. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  6. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. A Dream Within A Dream
    Edgar Allan Poe
  9. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  10. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
    Maya Angelou

New Poems

  1. Multi love is natural., Rm.Shanmugam Chettiar.
  2. Second Language, Tony Adah
  3. Shed the hatred to shine., Rm.Shanmugam Chettiar.
  4. Do Some of Us Defile This Conservative P.., Monk E. Biz
  5. Nightlife, Michael McParland
  6. Somnolence, Tony Adah
  7. A Village Hero, umaprosad das
  8. I No Longer Care About Your Police Record!, Monk E. Biz
  9. Summer Song, Kawa Karpo
  10. Too Large To Thank God, Lawrence S. Pertillar

Poem of the Day

poet Robert Burns

When biting Boreas, fell and doure,
Sharp shivers thro' the leafless bow'r;
When Phoebus gies a short-liv'd glow'r,
Far south the lift,
...... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

poet Jessie Pope

 
[Hata Bildir]