Sunday, February 22, 2009

I Rise

Still I Rise

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 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.

Maya Angelou

I absolutely LOVE this poem. I almost believe she made it just for me as if she knew that I would need to hear it and believe in it at some point in my lifetime. I have heard this poem performed a million times previously but NEVER has it touched me to make me cry, make me thankful or even make me feel relieved and stronger than I thought I could ever be. I dont even know where my strength, patience, and desire comes from, it's like a mystery. All I know is that the issues I have been forced to deal with in the past year is enough to put anyone in a mental hospital. Instead of allowing it to overcome me and feel sorry for myself I chose to keep pushing even HARDER just to show the naysayer that I am the BOMB, the PICK OF THE LITTER, a HIGH COMMODITY, the GREATEST, and BEST OF THE BEST!!

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