Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Still I Rise

Published by Chukwu Emmanuel on Tuesday, 7 March 2017  | No comments

Still I Rise, Maya Angelou Poems

Maya Angelou was known for many things before she died in May 28, 2014. She was a poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist. Although, dead but her legacy lives on.

I'm of the opinion that this world would be better if we have more people like her.

I've observed that anything written by Angelou is a blast... 'Still I Rise' is not just a blast, it's also a breathtaking and inspiring poem about self confidence, overcoming adversities, love and family.

In this poem, Maya Angelou penned down awesome lines to remind you of how fabulous and endowed you truly are.

Still I Rise By Maya Angelou 


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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