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Still I Rise By Maya Angelou

This poem inspires me. Love 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 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 my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise. 
sexxydiva sexxydiva 36-40, F 6 Responses May 9, 2011

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Angelou is one of my favorite poets...She inspires me greatly!! Her words move me in so many ways. Thanks to all who commented.

This is one of my favorite poems of all times & I hav recited it many times with so much feeling. I absolutely luv this poem! Thank u Maya Angelou for creating it. & thank u sexxydiva for sharing it with us

yeah boy, and you can take that to the bank.

Dr. Angelou is one of my inspirations. And this poem was beautifully done by her. I'm very grateful she shares her talent with us......and what a talent it is.

it seem to instill me with a sense of hope, that we'll make it thru whatever comes our way.

Love it, thanks.