A Poem for Saturday, June 20, 2015: “Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou

Posted by Elaine Magliaro

Still I Rise
By Maya Angelou (1928 – 2014)

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.


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2 Responses to A Poem for Saturday, June 20, 2015: “Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou

  1. Aridog says:

    Excellent post. One that speaks for itself. Whether I agreed with Maya Angelou on all things is immaterial…I admire her eloquence and thoughtful expression almost more than any contemporary…she definitely influenced my life and my thinking. May she RIP, she gave to so many and asked for so little.

  2. Aridog says:

    In addition to that sentiment above, I have to say that anyone, from anywhere, who doesn’t think the Emanuel AME Church slaughter was anything but racial is simply in severe denial. It WAS racial. Period. The perpetrator outright stated that is was precisely that. That event should give pause to all of us, liberal, moderate, conservative, or independent, and force us to re-think how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go. Not as much politically as humanly. It was a cold slap in the face of us all….at least it was to me. Those who believe, sometimes righteously, that it isn’t a wake up call for them because they are “peaceful persons” are failing themselves and all of us. Bless the peaceful, but let all be wary. I’ve lived in minority populations most of my life, here and half a world away, and I can find no reason for that tragedy based upon my own experiences. It was not xenophobia, which I’ve encountered, but pure evil racism. Xenophobia is cultural, racism is defective even demented thought. It did wake me up. It may lead to a real evolution of thinking, because it cannot help but force thought in anyone sentient & living. As I have said before on another thread, I doubt very strongly I could be as good and forgiving as the relatives and members of that church, which tells me that old as I am I still have very much to learn. There is still a lot of vengeance left in me, however suppressed now, and this case would sponsor rage in me if any could.

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