Maya Angelou sadly passed away in 2014, it’s an honour to write about her, she is an American Poet, Memoirist, Singer, Teacher and Civil Rights Activist, she was also an acclaimed and Best Selling Author with recognition on a global scale, Maya Angelou has written three Books, Essays, Beautiful Poetry Novels, and seven Autobiographies that cover her childhood and early adult life experiences, told in a very poignant and articulate manner, as she expressed her emotions like a graceful and timeless work of art. – “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings” is a classic and masterpiece, also Still I Rise which I will add here:
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Still I Rise – Maya Angelou
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
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
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