I Rise

At times in life we feel suffocated as we drown in the complexities of life when we struggle to choose between right or wrong. And then we need a push to bring ourselves to the surface. What can be better inspirational source than a poem. This motivational poem is by American author and poet Maya Angelou and I see no reason for not liking it.

Still I Rise

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 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.

9 thoughts on “I Rise”

  1. How universal these emotions are; and how equally universal this desire to ‘rise’ is..; thanks for sharing.

    1. Yes, I certainly agree with you. I’ll make sure to keep sharing such inspiring stuff with blogger community. Thanks for visiting ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Love the I rise poem. why should we follow the crowd and try to be someone else. Live and Let Live. I am following u r blog and feels the new media is a powerful way for people to share ideas and connect.

    1. Haan I agree its quite difficult owing to family pressure and prejudices that sucks to the core. The society is all f***** up. I’m happy I found your blog and it’s totally awesome. Cheers:)

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