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Still I Rise- Maya Angelou
by Rozzy Diouf
Thursday, April 30, 2009
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This is one of my all time favorites. Wanted to share it with you. No matter how many times you fall, the most important thing is getting up. Enjoy

 

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'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
 
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Reviewed by Regis Auffray
Thank you for sharing this most uplifting and powerful write, Rozzy. Love and best wishes to you,

Regis
Reviewed by Sandie May Angel-Joyce
A very inspiring poem! Thank you for sharing this!!

Sandie Angel :o)
Reviewed by Linda Law
oH Rozzy... thank you. Maya is my FAVORITE poetess in the world!!!! I love every thing about her... She is the epitome of beauty, brains, toughness and gentleness... Thank you for posting this... I hope you are well. Hugs, lindalaw
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