Maya Angelou

(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)

Maya Angelou Poems

1. A Brave And Startling Truth 1/23/2012
2. A Conceit 1/3/2003
3. A Plagued Journey 1/23/2012
4. Alone 1/3/2003
5. Awaking In New York 1/23/2012
6. Caged Bird 1/3/2003
7. California Prodigal 1/23/2012
8. Equality 1/3/2015
9. Human Family 12/4/2014
10. Insomniac 1/3/2003
11. Kin 1/23/2012
12. Men 1/3/2003
13. Million Man March Poem 1/3/2003
14. Momma Welfare Roll 1/3/2003
15. Old Folks Laugh 2/10/2015
16. On Aging -new- 5/14/2015
17. On The Pulse Of Morning 1/3/2003
18. Passing Time 1/3/2003
19. Phenomenal Woman 1/3/2003
20. Refusal 1/3/2003
21. Remembrance 1/3/2003
22. Still I Rise 1/3/2003
23. The Detached 6/18/2005
24. The Health-Food Diner 12/16/2014
25. The Lesson 1/3/2003
26. The Mothering Blackness 1/23/2012
27. These Yet To Be United States 1/17/2015
28. They Went Home 6/18/2005
29. Touched By An Angel 1/3/2003
30. We Had Him 1/13/2014
31. Weekend Glory 1/3/2003
32. When You Come 1/3/2003
33. Woman Work 1/3/2003
Best Poem of Maya Angelou

Still I Rise

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? ...

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The Lesson

I keep on dying again.
Veins collapse, opening like the
Small fists of sleeping
Children.
Memory of old tombs,
Rotting flesh and worms do
Not convince me against
The challenge. The years
And cold defeat live deep in
Lines along my face.
They dull my eyes, yet
I keep on dying,
Because I love to live.

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