Daily Diamond: April 22, Maya Angelou

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*Thought I would do this poem I found the other day instead of one quote*

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.

I have always had a love-hate relationship with poems. While I appreciate artistic intent and creations, I've never been the poetic type. I found a quote from this poem a few days ago by random chance, and when I read the whole poem, I was taken aback by its power. And every time I read it, I get something a little different out of it. Today, I'm going to pull the quote I originally found:

"Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I'll rise."

To me, this talks about motivation, determination and grit. How willing are you to pursue your dreams? Are you willing to rise to the occasion no matter how much life beats you down? Nature teaches us about resiliency and certainty. Every day the Sun rises, and every few hours there is a rise or fall in the tide. Do we move with the same certainty?

"...who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. " ~ Theodore Roosevelt
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