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Still I rise - Maya Angelou

Old 11-28-2017, 06:58 AM
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Still I rise - Maya Angelou

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, Iíll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
ĎCause I walk like Iíve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still Iíll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops,
Weakened by my soulful cries?

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Donít you take it awful hard
ĎCause I laugh like Iíve got gold mines
Digginí in my own backyard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, Iíll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like Iíve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of historyís shame
I rise
Up from a past thatís rooted in pain
I rise
Iím a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak thatís wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.
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Old 11-28-2017, 07:32 AM
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I've not read that in a while. Thank you so much. I love her work.
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I have this posted in my kitchen for me & DD to read regularly.
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I have always loved this poem.
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Wow! First time I've read this. It's beautiful 💗
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"Leaving behind nights of terror and fear

I rise

Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear"






Today, I rise.

I'm full of fresh-cut wounds from old pains escaping their long-held hiding spaces.


I rise.


To a new day


Of Healing


Of beautiful sunshine


Pouring into my heart


When I need it the most.
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