And Still I Rise by Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

 

Still I Rise

Maya Angelou, 19282014

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.
Copyright © 1978 And Still I Rise by Maya Angelou



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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And_Still_I_Rise
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Feature Image President Barack Obama presenting Angelou with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, 2011

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Jim Morrison Quotes

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“The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask.” – Jim Morrison, singer, poet, and songwriter (1943-1971)

I think of myself as an intelligent, sensitive human being with the soul of a clown which always forces me to blow it at the most important moments.
There are things known and things unknown and in between are the doors.
A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself.
I believe in a long, prolonged, derangement of the senses in order to obtain the unknown.
Drugs are a bet with your mind.
Where’s your will to be weird?
Some of the worst mistakes of my life have been haircuts.
Death makes angels of us all and gives us wings where we had shoulders smooth as ravens claws.
Whoever controls the media, controls the mind.

 

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