Still I Rise

In honor of the late, great Maya Angelou, who has passed away this day, I want to take a moment and share my favorite poem of hers:

Still I Rise

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you? 
Why are you beset with gloom? 
'Cause I walk like I've 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 I'll 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? 
Don't you take it awful hard
'Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines
Diggin' in my own back yard.

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, I'll rise.

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

Out of the huts of history's shame
I rise
Up from a past that's rooted in pain
I rise
I'm 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 that's 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. 

Ms. Angelou, you are with the angels now, writing them poems. We have never met, but your words connect me to the earth in which we both walked upon. We do not belong to the same generation, but your writing has reached beyond decades and touched my soul. Rise, Ms. Angelou, rise.

You taught me what it means to be a woman.

Thank you for gracing this world with your light.

Your words will forever be remembered.

1 comment:

  1. +JMJ+

    My favourite Maya Angelou poem is Phenomenal Woman. It has such a rich tone and rhythm!


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