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Maya Angelou

Dr. Maya Angelou's 90th birthday #StillIRise #GoogleDoodle
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https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/46446/still-i-rise

Still I Rise

BY 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 backyard.

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.

Apr 4, 2018 6:09 AM
Comments · 1

I love her poems.  I especially like watching her read them though, she is very expressive.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qviM_GnJbOM


April 4, 2018
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