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Sun Dec 9, 2012, 11:57 PM

"Still I Rise" by Maya Angelou


Still I Rise

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?
íCause 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
íCause I laugh like I've 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 I've 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
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 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.


Maya Angelou



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Response to ismnotwasm (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 11:59 PM

1. GREAT poem! I love Maya Angelou. n/t

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 12:04 AM

2. This is one of my favorites of all time

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 12:58 AM

3. So do I! It was wonderful to read this one again. nt

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Response to ismnotwasm (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 02:38 AM

4. It's been too long since I've heard this one. Thank you.

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Response to ismnotwasm (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 09:40 AM

5. love the woman. i bought a book of hers a couple years ago.

forgetting what it was about, but remember i loved it.

thanks.



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