Thursday, October 16, 2014

National Black Poetry Day

My friend, Teri, from Teri's Painted Daisies (, is doing an artwork each day, which is celebrated yearly.  I found a list of those days here:

There were about 5 celebrations today, on October 17, and one of which was Black Poetry Day!  I thought I would post a poem by a beloved poet of our time, who, on May 28, 2014, left this world.  It is a powerful poem, and I love it.


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


Lisa at Greenbow said...


Teri Casper said...

Yah Julie! I love this poem.
I chose the national mammography day as that is my daughters job.

Teri Casper said...

Happy birthday girlfriend!

Claude said...

Maya was always one of my favorites, just the music of her words... thank you for posting that.

Julie said...

Thanks all!