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Still I Rise
by 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, 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 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, 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.

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Helen

Perfect!

Juliann

That poem is a good one to launch our week. Thanks

Bonny

Exactly what I needed to read this morning, expressed perfectly and beautifully. Thanks to you and Maya Angelou.

AsKatKnits

I can hear her so clearly saying these words. Powerful. Thank you for sharing!

Jo

Love, love, love Maya Angelou. I met her once at a book signing. It was a difficult time for me and she seemed to sense that and responded with a hug and some words of encouragement. This poem is a perfect anthem for the work ahead!

Debbie

Such wise words!

Mary

perfect poem and what a stunning image - I'm hoping to see that moon tonight and I'll hear her words when when I do. thank you!

margene

As I await the rising of the moon I take these words to heart.

Carole

One of my favorite's of Angelou's and perfect for sharing this week.

Geri

So captures the spirit we all need given the events of the past week.

Patty

Always giving me something new...thank-you. xo

Dawn'l

I love your posts. I'm still thinking about "what will we become". This will be the first holiday season without my dad and my boys are in their 20's and have their own plans, so everything changes (what will I become). I have had work obligations that have kept me so busy that I haven't yet fully processed what has happened in the election. No one around me shares my position on what has been happening, or places as much importance as I do on simple humanity and decency for each other. Your words have shone through to me so perfectly. I too, will find some action items. Thank you for posts.

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