Tuesday, September 04, 2007

"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, 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 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 my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise


Anonymous said...

Like you read my soul....

Vimbai said...

Parallel lives bhebhi,parallel lives!

elizabeth said...

i was reading this in my english class...my name is elizabeth i am in 8th grade and even thought i was not there and did not go through what you have gone through i want to say that. this poem touched me. it came to relize that what you have wrote inspired me in many wasy.. i love to read and i love love love to write adn i really wish that i could get this inspired to write a poem just as fanomanal as you have

Vimbai said...

Hi Elizabeth, thanks for paying my blog a visit :-) I must point out though, that i didn't write this poem, it was written by Maya Angelou an African American poetess who has written so much other great stuff that you must check out!

I too wish i could write such an inspiring, uplifting poem.