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?
‘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.

By Maya Angelou

Along with ‘I know why the caged bird sings’ I think this is one of Maya Angelou’s greatest poems yet.  The power that it lets out when you read it, it’s just amazing! Very inspiring…

Source Photo: Leap Frog

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6 Comments

  1. Hi Jenny,

    Thanks for posting this inspirational poem.
    ‘Hope springs eternal’, and so we rise from every fall;
    from every moment of defeat or retreat; from our own
    frailties and shortfalls, human as we are…

    Shine on!
    😉

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    1. Your welcome Chito
      Thanks for the likes and the following
      I only pick poems that are very uplifting and motivational
      Only the best for me
      Salamat kababayan!

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  2. This is also one of my favourites from Dr Maya Angelou. Thank you for sharing Jenny! Inspiring indeed! 🙂

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    1. One of my faves too from Dr. Maya Angelou..Very uplifting 😉

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    1. Thank you so much for reblogging my post
      All the best, Jenny

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