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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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Feature Image President Barack Obama presenting Angelou with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, 2011


Writing for Therapeutic Benefits

Article – Sunshine Coast Daily Newspaper February 2009

Writing for therapeutic benefits has long been practiced although perhaps not necessarily deservedly recognised for its part as a method of healing.

Writing or to pen ones thoughts or directions, predominantly and historically conveyed the exchange of information.

Writing for Therapeutic Benefits

Today writing has morphed into a “Writing Therapy” and is being used for healing purposes, (see article on Writing Therapy to come shortly).

Although in its earliest forms as poetry and lyrics, writing has effected noticeable healing to crowds enjoying recitals and theatrical displays. Now it is recognised that the writer themselves undergoes a deep change through the conveyance of thought and feelings via pen to paper of the written word.


Keeping a daily journal is an easy way to effect change in our psyche on a number of different levels in addition to providing a tool for developing our cognitive aptitude, memory retention, igniting creative stimulis as well as engaging relaxing and meditative techniques.
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