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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Still I Rise

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 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.

Rest in Peace Maya Angelou; you have touched many hearts, and provoked many thoughts, inspired many people; leaving a positive impact on mankind. She died today at the age of 86 living every day to the fullest.

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Colette S May 29, 2014 at 2:19 PM  

Her legacy will definitely live on.

So sad and yet we know she left it all on the table.

Audrey Howitt aka Divalounger May 29, 2014 at 2:29 PM  


betchai June 3, 2014 at 11:04 PM  

she may have left this world, but her words will continue to inspire many hearts.

mail4rosey June 9, 2014 at 2:05 PM  

This is very nice. I was very sad to hear of her passing on the news.

Self Sagacity August 17, 2014 at 7:35 PM  

Fabulous read! Quite sad but thought provoking. Thanks for posting.

M. Reka September 4, 2014 at 5:51 PM  

love it <3

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