Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Still I will rise

What a powerful poem! Last weekend my family and I attended a play that combined poetry and dance. This poem by Maya Angelou was recited.
May you all have a peaceful week.

Still I will rise

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 will 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 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

17 comments:

  1. How powerful! Maya Angelou's writings are excellent!

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    1. Yes, Nellie.
      Thank you. I can't wait to read one of her books.

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  2. Attending a play of poetry and dance with your family is a warm and uniting experience. It must have brought you even closer together with the "post-play" discussion. I love family outings that center around a special purpose.

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    1. There was no discussion but I was spellbound by the poetry selection, I must say.
      We do love to support the arts in our community.
      Thank you Manzanita!

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  3. Does my sexiness upset you? Love that line. Too many people getting upset for no reason.

    Have a great weekend.

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    1. I love every single line of this poem.
      Have a fabulous weekend.

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  4. Hi Julia - that must have been a magical time for you all. This poem is strong isn't it - but so was Maya Angelou ...

    Thanks for writing out "Still I will rise" for us ... Hilary

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  5. Hi Julia - that must have been a magical time for you all. This poem is strong isn't it - but so was Maya Angelou ...

    Thanks for writing out "Still I will rise" for us ... Hilary

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    1. It is a strong poem.
      It says a lot in just a few words, doesn't it?

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  6. I loved reading this poem. Sounds like an awesome get together!

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    1. Thank you for reading it.
      Have a lovely weekend.

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  7. I have always loved this poem by Maya Angelou, such powerful words!

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  8. Such a powerful poem. No surprise considering the warrior it came from. Thanks for posting it. ;-)

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