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,


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


  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


  7. A Simple Girl says:

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

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