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

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  • (1/10/2019 9:09:00 AM)


    This poem is timely treasured and deeply philosophical as per my opinion. Yes, you will definitely rise upward towards eternity. A dust particle shines being very golden in appearance when comes in contact with light. A soul when comes in contact with God shines with values, love and peace. Hopes springing very high uplifts soul towards God with broader vision. I love this poem very much and adore you. A great poem of memory and time is definitely an outstanding top poem (Report) Reply

  • (1/10/2019 8:25:00 AM)


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  • (1/10/2019 8:23:00 AM)


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  • (1/9/2019 10:17:00 AM)


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  • (1/8/2019 8:14:00 PM)


    great poem I want to keep saying it over and over again (Report) Reply

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  • (1/8/2019 1:24:00 AM)


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  • (1/7/2019 2:18:00 PM)


    I like this poem what just gets me is the repetitiveness in the poem (Report) Reply

  • (1/6/2019 1:44:00 AM)


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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (1/2/2019 2:09:00 PM)


    This poem is timely treasured and deeply philosophical as per my opinion. Yes, you will definitely rise upward towards eternity. A dust particle shines being very golden in appearance when comes in contact with light. A soul when comes in contact with God shines with values, love and peace. Hopes springing very high uplifts soul towards God with broader vision. I love this poem very much and adore you. A great poem of memory and time is definitely an outstanding top poem. (Report) Reply

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    (1/10/2019 4:46:00 PM)

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  • (1/1/2019 3:34:00 PM)


    A beautiful, moving poem. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Thursday, August 7, 2014


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