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Still I Rise

Posted by on May. 14, 2012 at 12:29 PM
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Good afternoon, sistas!

Because there is so much negativity in the media linked to African American women, I wanted to share this positive poem (that many of you may already know) as a reminder that no matter what "they" do, it's hard to keep a good woman down. Trust and believe, we never break but maybe bend, and if we do bend we eventually straighten out. All praises and thanks be to God. Enjoy!

"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 likes suns,

with the certainity of tides,

Just like hopes springing high,

Still I'll rise.

 

Did yoy 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,

Yu may kill me with your hatefulness,

But still, like air, I'll rise.

 

Does my sexiness upset you?

Does it comes 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 gifrs that my ancestors gave,

I am the dream and the hope of the slave.

I rise.

I rise.

I rise.

Have a wonderful week!

by on May. 14, 2012 at 12:29 PM
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KymberleeAnn
by on May. 14, 2012 at 1:28 PM

I love it!  Thanks for the reminder.  We as a strong black people need to be reminded from time to time just how powerful we really are, if we join our voices together and (I'll leave out the comparison) we all know the reasons why.

Dana267
by Group Mod on May. 14, 2012 at 1:29 PM

One of the great ones.

Hottmomma607
by Group Mod - Trica on May. 14, 2012 at 4:49 PM
I love this poem! Thanks for sharing!! Although we get the short end of the stick in the media&society standard of beauty I never doubt who I am and all of my beautiful brown sisters!!
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graciefreesoul
by on May. 14, 2012 at 8:27 PM

:( unfortunately the sign language interpreting program made me really not like this poem lol we had to interpret it but not as it is written...we had to throw our own 'theme' on it then use that to do our interpretation so my 'theme' was single parenting and the interpretation was something along the lines of 'in the past, single parenting or having a child out of wedlock was looked upon as a sin and dirty. you might gossip about me and drag my name thru the mud but i hold my head high and remain strong...' or something like that...i forget what my actual intepretation was...that was the first and only time that i was actually nauseous when we recorded our interpretations and i was so glad to get that overwith! lol

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