Still I Rise

Welcome October!

Just read this poem and I think, this could be our mood booster to face a new month. Still I Rise by Maya Angelou.

So, whatever people said about me, whatever happened to me, every little shit in my life, Well, I just wanna say that Still, I Rise.

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.

Maya Angelou. Penulis puisi dan skenario sekaligus aktivis Africa-America. Wanita afro pertama yang ditunjuk membacakan puisi di inagurasi presiden US tahun 1993, yaitu Bill CLinton dengan puisi berjudul On The Pulse of Morning. Kelahiran 4 April 1928 dan bernama lengkap Marguerite Annie Johnson memiliki masa kecil yang kurang berbahagia dan seringkali menulis puisi berdasarkan kisah yang dialaminya.
Still I Rise terdapat di buku ketiganya yang bertajuk And Still I Rise 91978) yang ditunjukkan untuk memperlihatkan semangat seornag perempuan yang menyuarakan haknya di tengah kecaman akan ras di Amerika. Menyuarakan isi hati bangsa Afro yang seringkali tertindas hanya karena warna kulit.

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.

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