Study Guide

Alone Spirituality

By Maya Angelou

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And bread loaf is not stone (5)

Wondering what this quote has to do with religion? Check out Matthew 4:3. It's a direct paraphrase! In the passage, Satan tempts Jesus to turn stones into bread – but Jesus resists.

But nobody  
Can make it out here alone.(9-10)

There's the possibility that "here" could refer to the earth…and that the only way out of "here" is to go to heaven. Or, um, other places.

Storm clouds are gathering
The wind is gonna blow (28-29)

If we're reading this poem as a call for more spiritual growth, then there's the possibility that these lines signal some kind of apocalypse: a moment when the troubles in the world come to a crisis point.

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