RIP Maya Angelou

RIP, Maya Angelou.  Your words are so beautiful and raw and powerful and honest.  
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. 

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  1. says

    oh, Claudia, thank you so much for this wonderful poem by Maya Angelou, one of my favorites. I so wish she could have stayed with us longer and grace us with more of her expansive and beautiful mind. but her legacy is so very rich and full; I can only imagine how long it would take to fully absorb and take to heart all that she gave us.

    much love, and much gratitude for MA’s long and well-live life,

    Karen xoxo

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