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Still I Rise - Poem by Maya Angelou

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread 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.


Comments about Still I Rise by Maya Angelou

  • Freshman - 525 Points Angel Dzidula-komla (8/2/2015 4:35:00 PM)

    prolific writing. Maya is a wonderful writer (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 79 Points Sofia Kioroglou (7/29/2015 6:03:00 AM)

    Absolutely exquisite! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 20 Points Leke Akinyemi (7/29/2015 3:11:00 AM)

    A great piece (Report) Reply

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Poems About Racism

  1. 1. Still I Rise , Maya Angelou
  2. 2. If , Rudyard Kipling
  3. 3. Cross , Langston Hughes
  4. 4. I, Too , Langston Hughes
  5. 5. We Wear The Mask , Paul Laurence Dunbar
  6. 6. Enslaved , Claude McKay
  7. 7. Children's Rhymes , Langston Hughes
  8. 8. Let America Be America Again , Langston Hughes
  9. 9. Equality , Maya Angelou
  10. 10. Incident , Countee Cullen
  11. 11. The Little Black Boy , William Blake
  12. 12. The Lynching , Claude McKay
  13. 13. The Barrier , Claude McKay
  14. 14. The Negro Mother , Langston Hughes
  15. 15. The Negro Speaks Of Rivers , Langston Hughes
  16. 16. The Debt , Paul Laurence Dunbar
  17. 17. Racism , Oodgeroo Noonuccal
  18. 18. A Negro Love Song , Paul Laurence Dunbar
  19. 19. On The Creation Of Niggers , Howard Phillips Lovecraft
  20. 20. The Voice Of Inclusion , Raymond A. Foss
  21. 21. We Think It Is So Distant , Raymond A. Foss
  22. 22. What Stephen Lawrence Has Taught Us , Benjamin Zephaniah
  23. 23. Racism Is Around Me Everywhere , Francis Duggan
  24. 24. Execution's List , TaMaRa HaNaRiNg ,(((( PaLeST ..
  25. 25. A Nation Of Cowards , Hebert Logerie
  26. 26. End Racism , Robert M Hensel
  27. 27. Why Do You Judge Me? , Arely Corral
  28. 28. The Moment (Barack Hussain Obama’s Inaug.. , sania harris
  29. 29. *let The New Year 2k+9 Bloom! , Subbaraman N V
  30. 30. Living Together , Raymond C. Russell
  31. 31. Racism Has A Human Heart.... , John G. Nelson
  32. 32. Execution's List , TaMaRa HaNaRiNg ,(((( PaLeST ..
  33. 33. Kids , merna ibrahim
  34. 34. Golf Pro , Michael Philips
  35. 35. Racism Today , Steven Taylor
  36. 36. Pressure , Joey Nissen
  37. 37. All Across The Nation , James Lee Watts
  38. 38. You Lead Us , hasmukh amathalal
  39. 39. ! Racism ! , GAYATRI NAMBIAR
  40. 40. 'Discrimination' , David Taylor
  41. 41. A Call To The World , prashant shaurya
  42. 42. Seeds Of Destruction , john tiong chunghoo
  43. 43. Racism , Carniz Fatema
  44. 44. *may The Year Twothousand And Twelve Ush.. , Subbaraman N V
  45. 45. The Color Of Racism , Hebert Logerie
  46. 46. Remember The Holocaust , Mustafa Marconi
  47. 47. Truth Is Stranger Than Friction , Michael Shepherd
  48. 48. Lost Warrior , Dr. Yogesh Sharma
  49. 49. '' A Rainbow Coloured God '' , bri mar
  50. 50. This Distance , Angelo Velasquez
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