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.

Maya Angelou



8 thoughts on “Up

  1. alohaleya says:

    sigh. amazing. thank you ❤ aleya

  2. I see some of your spirit in Maya Angelou’s poem.

    Look at her name ” My Angel”

    xx lindalitebeing

  3. She is an incredible spirit! So much force in her words. She will keep rising in all of us 😉 xox

  4. A beautifully selected poem from a beautiful spirit who I am sure has been welcomed home with so much love.. as she will leave us with her gift of words for many more generations to enjoy..

    A lovely tribute Sindy.. and a beautifully chosen graphic to go with the poem..

    Love and Light Sue

    • Thank you Sue. She has always been a gentle giant of a woman/sister and we have been blessed by her words, and like you said, we will continue to be blessed by them. I had that image saved and waiting for the right post, which this seemed to be.

      Much love sister~

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