Maya Angelou

(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)

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

  • (4/22/2018 1:34:00 PM)


    Always inspiring. (Report) Reply

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  • (4/22/2018 6:12:00 AM)


    still i rise! its an up lifting poem that up lifted my soul knowing that i should never allow anything to break me.
    still i rise
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  • Sylva-onyema Uba (4/20/2018 10:45:00 AM)


    I rise I rise I rise. Nice poem.Well expressed. (Report) Reply

  • (4/16/2018 12:52:00 PM)


    i love this poem its amazing..... (Report) Reply

  • (4/14/2018 1:17:00 AM)


    this poem is so amazing. Mya was my spirit animal (Report) Reply

  • (4/13/2018 5:03:00 AM)


    Sad but So inspiring. Love it. (Report) Reply

  • (4/11/2018 11:00:00 AM)


    I LOVE THIS POEM! ! ! THIS IS AMAZING! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • (4/10/2018 8:32:00 PM)


    you are maya angelou this is what you made this and still I rise we all rise to day (Report) Reply

  • Alina Kaikeyi (4/10/2018 2:47:00 PM)


    Love this poem so much since years. (Report) Reply

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  • (4/5/2018 11:00:00 AM)


    Love it kisses...... (Report) Reply

  • Iá Niani Belo Maia (4/4/2018 2:48:00 PM)


    this poem is amazing... loved it! (Report) Reply

  • (4/4/2018 1:58:00 PM)


    This poem is very powerful in many ways. we all are might as colored people. We all shall rise in independence and dignity. KEEP YOUR HEADS UP! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • (4/3/2018 11:02:00 PM)


    Amazing beautiful poetry (Report) Reply

  • (4/3/2018 1:59:00 PM)


    cool cool cool cool cool cool (Report) Reply

  • (4/3/2018 1:41:00 PM)


    gucci gucci gucci guccci gang (Report) Reply

  • (4/1/2018 1:19:00 AM)


    This wonderful poem gives me a reason for what I exit on earth as a human. (Report) Reply

  • (3/30/2018 9:46:00 PM)


    POEMHUNTER SUCKS.......................... (Report) Reply

  • Justus Cyril E (3/29/2018 9:57:00 AM)


    Love this poem, Makes me RISE out of every state where in i find MY MIND (Report) Reply

  • (3/28/2018 6:31:00 AM)


    Just like moons and like suns,
    With the certainty of tides,
    Just like hopes springing high,
    Still I'll rise.................................................................Great work!
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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Thursday, August 7, 2014


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