Maya Angelou

06.07.2019, 13:00

 

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 backyard.

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 Angelous dikt og poesi dukker opp med ujevne mellomrom i livet mitt og da jeg jobbet med et eget prosjekt dukket hun opp som et eksempel på hvordan mennesker som er hjertestyrt og da satte jeg meg ned å leste mer. For et liv og for en reise i levende historiske øyeblikk. Hun jobbet både med Malcom X og Dr King og var midt i hjertet av borgerrettighetesbevegelsen. Hennes bøker og dikt forteller om kanskje en av de største utfordringene, som kvinne og svart, har det vært en lang reise til frihet og like rettigheter. Mayas liv minner meg på nødvendighet av å tørre å snakke høyt om urettferdighet og alltid vite at kampen må tas. Vår tid viser til fulle at kampen aldri er over,kvinners rett til valg over egen kropp, rasisme og like rettigheter for LGBTQ 

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Maya Angelou, "Still I Rise" from And Still I Rise: A Book of Poems.  Copyright © 1978 by Maya Angelou.  Used by permission of Random House, an imprint and division of Penguin Random House LLC. All rights reserved.
Source: The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou (1994)
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