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Sep 13, 2013

Poetry Friday: Still I Rise by Maya Angelou

Posted by Wendy Ewurum  |  at  6:21 PM

Still I Rise by Maya Angelou is one of my favorites poems if not the favorite. I recite it to myself so often i  know most of the words. I suppose I love it because it makes me feel indestructible in my woman-ness. It's makes me believe that I may waver but never stop, I may get discouraged but never give up because struggle only serves to kiindle the Phoenix in me.

Still I Rise

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread 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. 
Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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  1. baby bye!!! I too have risen from the tiresome of yeaterdays sorrows, I only fall to pray and give thanks to God for seeing me through all life's trials and tribulations. Through him I rise and stay lifted. girl, you going to make me preach up here on this page. Thanks for being my first visitor to comment upon my return and the winner of a novel. send me your address. hold up, you're sa live waayyyyyyyyyyy down yonder so how about an ebook, lol.

  2. Oh awesome. I'm on my way to your blog.


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