Still I Rise

This morning I woke up to a sick baby. My daughter, Hannah, has unfortunately caught the flu. This is the poem I read to her to remind her that she is a fighter, not just physically, but mentally as well. I want to teach her, that no matter what she faces in life, she will always and forever RISE.

I pray that no matter what you are facing in life, you find the strength to push through another day.

Stay strong, warriors.

Still I Rise 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.


24 comments on “Still I Rise

  1. Seeing your kids be sick is a 100 times worse than being sick yourself. Hope she feels better soon.

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  2. I can see why you chose this poem.

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  3. Reblogging to SIWO, blessings on the kid & her mom both 😘

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  4. Praying for you and your family! Hope everyone feels better soon.

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  5. Praying for her! She will get well soon.

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  6. Hope your daughter feels better. This is a poem for all ages. We can all find strength from it’s words.


  7. Betcha Didn't know!

    I pray for your daughter healing.

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  8. An infusion of strength.lovely poem.wishing your little one to get well soon❤️

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  9. Hope she gets to feeling better. I’ve always loved this poem. I’ll keep your daughter in my prayers. 👏🏾

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  10. Love her and one of my favorite poems from the QUEEN👑!

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  11. She’s healed in Jesus Name!! God bless you!!Xx

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