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I've combined my blogs, just look at the last post, over at Alchemy of Clay. Trying to have a life outside blogland. Not sure it's going to work....

Monday, June 9, 2014

Maya

View of I-40 going toward Tennessee, Craggy Gardens Picnic area, May 21
Last Saturday, the life of Maya Angelou was given honors, for she lived nearby in Winston-Salem, NC.  maya-angelou-memorial-service-bill-clinton-michelle-obama-honor-icon

Her words will continue to inspire and educate many people.  Please read, or listen to her reading her own poetry, when you get a chance.  Her dramatic speaking is especially beautiful.  Inspiring.

Thought for the day:



Still I Rise 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 

2 comments:

  1. I watched some of that service on TV. That's a lovely poem!

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  2. One of my favorites. Thank goodness we have so many videos so we can continue to hear that marvelous voice.

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