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

  • (11/14/2018 2:11:00 AM)


    Wow waht a phenomenal poem. Luv it (Report) Reply

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  • (11/9/2018 11:27:00 AM)


    Im mining for diamonds (Report) Reply

  • Robert Murray Smith (11/8/2018 5:18:00 AM)


    Great poem so enjoyable. (Report) Reply

  • (11/7/2018 12:40:00 AM)


    So nice thought and excellent expression. (Report) Reply

  • (11/1/2018 11:20:00 AM)


    Wow beautiful (Report) Reply

  • (10/31/2018 10:56:00 PM)


    Beautiful (Report) Reply

  • (10/29/2018 2:06:00 PM)


    i remember reading this poem in 8 grade and now im in 10th and im still reading it. I love this poem, it has a lot of meaning (Report) Reply

  • (10/29/2018 5:21:00 AM)


    half decent but to be honest it was quite boring it didnt entertain me at all (Report) Reply

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  • (10/23/2018 10:03:00 AM)


    one who is bold will rise 100 percent unstopable / whom am i to, fool only myself/ (Report) Reply

  • (10/16/2018 7:02:00 AM)


    alone but no one can make it alone / (Report) Reply

  • Akhtar Jawad (10/14/2018 9:25:00 PM)


    You made me dust still I rise and when I rise I can hide the sun like clouds. (Report) Reply

  • (10/13/2018 5:23:00 AM)


    Still I rise.... like so much hot air and wasted breath..... that old race card just keeps on giving, don't it? (Report) Reply

  • (10/13/2018 12:46:00 AM)


    Yes I rise. That reoccurring motif says it all. God bless the great poet Maya Angelou. (Report) Reply

  • (10/11/2018 12:01:00 PM)


    gorl im shook (Report) Reply

  • (10/10/2018 9:42:00 PM)


    Wow she just too good (Report) Reply

  • (10/10/2018 3:15:00 PM)


    I loved this so much i have a poem contest coming up and i'm using this one defenitly! ! ! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • (10/2/2018 9:57:00 AM)


    bruh this is deep i really feel woke rn thanks for this enlightenment. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Thursday, August 7, 2014


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