Maya Angelou

(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)

Still I Rise - Poem 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
I rise.


Comments about Still I Rise by Maya Angelou

  • Seema Devi Sharma (4/27/2016 11:41:00 PM)

    A very good poem with a high moral.
    As a woman I feel inspired.
    I rate it beyond 10.
    Thank you poet. (Report) Reply

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  • Ejay 1806 (4/22/2016 11:26:00 PM)

    Words cannot describe the greatness of your poetry. Take a bow for a job well done! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Shashikant Nishant Sharma Shashikant Nishant Sharma (4/15/2016 10:21:00 PM)

    This is really an inspiring poem. I really appreciate it. Good work. Short and witty. Thanks for sharing. I do appreciate it. Wonderful work. (Report) Reply

  • Joshua Sirleaf (4/13/2016 9:15:00 PM)

    Soo Good and touching in the heart (Report) Reply

  • Bharati Nayak Bharati Nayak (4/12/2016 8:54:00 AM)

    I am 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 day break that is wondrously clear- - - Oh that represents the indomitable spirit of Maya Angelou to rise against all odds, fear and terror.She represents HOPE for black people, an inspiration to break free from the fetters that bog them down. (Report) Reply

  • carla phillip (4/11/2016 5:38:00 PM)

    This is so touching in the heart (Report) Reply

  • John Leo (baelothon) (4/11/2016 8:49:00 AM)

    Never give up never surrender that is something we all need to know and to all the people who are feeling down i will tell them to read this poem (Report) Reply

  • Salma Wael (4/8/2016 3:24:00 AM)

    Amazing poem by an amazing author. We will rise no matter what. Thank you Maya (Report) Reply

  • Owen Yang Owen Yang (4/6/2016 6:12:00 PM)

    This poem is one of the best inspirational poems I have ever read! (Report) Reply

  • Faith Marshall (4/4/2016 9:39:00 PM)

    Ur welcome (Report) Reply

  • Wild Grass Cad Wild Grass Cad (4/4/2016 10:50:00 AM)

    its so nice (Report) Reply

  • Andrea McKitty (4/3/2016 1:36:00 AM)

    I very much like, no love the Phenomenal Woman. I sent it to my fiancé when he left me for a younger woman. When he asked if I cried after he left I sent Still I Rise. Now he ask me to take him back. (Report) Reply

  • Kaisar Saggu Kaisar Saggu (3/31/2016 2:29:00 PM)

    when low time fall, always inspire this poem (Report) Reply

  • Kaisar Saggu Kaisar Saggu (3/31/2016 2:28:00 PM)

    Thanks Maya, for this wonderful inspirational poems, when low in life always read this poem God bless (Report) Reply

  • Gholamreza Zarban Gholamreza Zarban (3/25/2016 4:57:00 PM)

    So beautiful, Maya. Thank you. (Report) Reply

  • Dr Tapan Kumar Pradhan (3/24/2016 7:50:00 PM)

    I am deeply moved by this poem, O Maya. This poem constantly reminds me of my extraordinary relationship with Smt Hemangi S., my dearest wife of many lifetimes. Every woman is unique in herself. And my wife is absolutely phenomenal. I love you Hemangi, on this day, as I have loved never before.

    When I rose in love with you, I found myself stranded on the shore of the Ocean of Love. I could see only a few meters ahead, while the Ocean stretched into billions of Miles. How can I define something which I have not seen entirely?

    A mere mortal like me cannot define Love, Maya, it cannot be defined. God bless your Soul for ever, my dearest Beloved. (Report) Reply

  • Roxanne Dubarry (3/16/2016 5:33:00 PM)

    HER poems are very potent and alive! (Report) Reply

  • Biniam Tekeste (3/16/2016 10:43:00 AM)

    Am speechless, I don't have words how it uplifts me whenever I read and reread this poem. Loving it! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Alex Reyes Alex Reyes (3/14/2016 1:41:00 AM)

    This is my fourth time to read this awesome work of Maya but still I don't have words to say.... (Report) Reply

  • Mo Brown (3/13/2016 7:05:00 PM)

    Remember this when I was in the 6th grade...now I'm 37 years old...Something you would never forget... Still I Rise...! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Thursday, August 7, 2014


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