When you come to me, unbidden,
Beckoning me
To long-ago rooms,
Where memories lie.

Offering me, as to a child, an attic,
Gatherings of days too few.
Baubles of stolen kisses.
Trinkets of borrowed loves.
Trunks of secret words,

I CRY.

Analysis, meaning and summary of Maya Angelou's poem When You Come

7 Comments

  1. Veronica says:

    i love this poem it enspires many feeling in me. Maya Angelou you are a wonderful poet.!

  2. tichina says:

    i love them

  3. Niasia Gregory says:

    All of your poems really inspire me in some kind of way but When You Come is one of my top favorites besides Phenomenal Woman.

  4. Kat says:

    I love this poem. I think the imagery of an attic is wonderful because to children an attic can be scary but wildly exciting. That is also a description of how love can sometimes be, especially love that is unattainable or forbidden.

    Wonderful is the only word for this poem. Thanks….

  5. ishmaelah says:

    To tell a long story,the words can be very short.
    Maya Angelou is so PEACE!!!!!

  6. falencia says:

    your poem was all about me it was fabulous I hope u write more as good as this one

    p.s. keep your head up and never let it fall

    LOVE FALENCIA 4 – SHO

  7. A Simple Girl says:

    This poem is good it tells what we are all feeling.

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