Maya Angelou

spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Posts: 17,898Registered Users Curl Virtuoso
one of our greatest poets, died today.

Still I Rise

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.


  • Fifi.GFifi.G Posts: 15,490Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I was incredibly sad when I read about her passing and then I thought, perk up damn you! ;) She had an amazing voice and spirit. Wonderful pieces about her have been pouring out of every corner, but I have really enjoyed the ones from Winston Salem.
    When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??

  • CSaint407CSaint407 Posts: 30Registered Users
    This is my all time favorite poem. I have been a little sad all day. I feel like I knew her personally.....such an extraordinary spirit that lived an extraordinary life....she was an extraordinary gift to us all! She will be missed greatly but never forgotten.

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  • pprMACHEheartpprMACHEheart Posts: 1,665Registered Users
    She's one of my inspirations and to hear of her passing this morning was surprising and saddening. May she rest well.
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  • Morgan_AdcockMorgan_Adcock Posts: 2,573Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I was very sad to hear of her passing, but glad to hear that she had remained strong until recently, and had all her faculties up till the end.

    She was a national treasure.

    My son and I were at Bill Clinton's first Inauguration, and lucky enough (after getting up way before the crack of dawn) to be standing in the second row, very close to the podium where Dr. Angelou spoke. When I asked my son, who was 13 at the time, about his impressions of the ceremony, he told me that he knew that it was a _really_ big deal when he heard her read her poem, "On the Pulse of Morning." Up until then, it was just a big deal.

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  • Fifi.GFifi.G Posts: 15,490Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    She did have that personality that made you feel like her door or arms were always open. It did not matter if she was reading at an engagement, acting on the television or you were looking at her words. She had an ease. I was looking at some of her quotes earlier and smiled when I saw this one.

    I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
    When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??

  • chupiechupie Posts: 5,280Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    That was my first thought. "We've lost a National Treasure". :(
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  • CGSince2002CGSince2002 Posts: 1,073Banned Users
    I read with disbelief a small note online about her passing, don't remember where. Then later I saw it on TV... so I thought with deep sadness "It's true...!" :( I saw her for the first time in the Oprah show many years ago, I liked her words, her composure and dignified demeanor so I admired her ever since. One thing that made me relate to her is that I used to write poetry when I was a child and teen. She was a great example not only for black women but for women in general and, frankly, I wish she'd lived much longer, but her poems and words will live on, and I am grateful for that! RIP Ms. Angelou and thank you so much for all you gave us!
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  • DaniGirl88DaniGirl88 Posts: 1,583Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    She was such an inspiration. I am thankful that she went peacefully though. She will be truly missed!

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  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 20,724Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Curl Virtuoso
    I'm not one for poetry but I simply loved her. I saw/heard her at President Clinton's first inauguration and was in awe. : (
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  • CurlyFelineCurlyFeline Posts: 156Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I found her through I'll rise supposedly by ben howard. Until someone said it was a poem by maya angelou. To me she was a great inspiration. I find so much strength reading her poems. even though I'm not american. I think she's not widely known in Europe. But I'm glad I do.

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  • FrostiiLoveFrostiiLove Posts: 105Registered Users
    I loooooove me some Dr. Angelou and I refuse to let her go! If any of you have read any of her 7 autobiographies, you know how remarkable this woman truly is. She's been through so much and it only propelled her to great heights. She's been an inspiration to me since I first read phenomenal woman as a little girl. I have many of her works and I'll make sure my daughter reads them because they're so knowledgeable, gritty and most of all empowering! She kept it real and I will forever love her for that.

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    Phenomenal Woman

    Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
    I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
    But when I start to tell them,
    They think I'm telling lies.
    I say,
    It's in the reach of my arms
    The span of my hips,
    The stride of my step,
    The curl of my lips.
    I'm a woman
    Phenomenal woman,
    That's me.

    I walk into a room
    Just as cool as you please,
    And to a man,
    The fellows stand or
    Fall down on their knees.
    Then they swarm around me,
    A hive of honey bees.
    I say,
    It's the fire in my eyes,
    And the flash of my teeth,
    The swing in my waist,
    And the joy in my feet.
    I'm a woman
    Phenomenal woman,
    That's me.

    Men themselves have wondered
    What they see in me.
    They try so much
    But they can't touch
    My inner mystery.
    When I try to show them
    They say they still can't see.
    I say,
    It's in the arch of my back,
    The sun of my smile,
    The ride of my breasts,
    The grace of my style.
    I'm a woman

    Phenomenal woman,
    That's me.

    Now you understand
    Just why my head's not bowed.
    I don't shout or jump about
    Or have to talk real loud.
    When you see me passing
    It ought to make you proud.
    I say,
    It's in the click of my heels,
    The bend of my hair,
    the palm of my hand,
    The need of my care,
    'Cause I'm a woman
    Phenomenal woman,
    That's me.

    Maya Angelou
  • Fifi.GFifi.G Posts: 15,490Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    ^ I can't like from my app but that is okay because this one always gets LOVE from me.
    When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??

  • rouquinnerouquinne Posts: 13,734Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Dr. Angelou was one of the greatest poets/authors ever, not just the 20th century.

    her work will always be considered among the classics.
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  • SereneCurlsSereneCurls Posts: 1,145Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    She was an incredible woman who gave the world so much.
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  • juanabjuanab Posts: 4,037Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    My heart is heavy. When I read, I Why The Caged Bird Sings, it felt as if she spoke of my pain. It seemed that she knew me. The world was better to have had her in it.

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  • PerriPPerriP Posts: 6,613Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I was so sad that both of my co-workers looked at me and said "who? " they're in their mid to late 40s, no excuse for not knowing her.
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  • curlypearlcurlypearl Posts: 12,227Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I read "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" and was almost startled by her sensitivity. It made me feel a kind of wonder, amazement, that someone could put those feelings into words so piercingly. RIP beautiful soul.
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  • koolkurlkoolkurl Posts: 252Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Here is a lovely tribute to Maya Angelou written by an opinion writer from the NY Times who was inspired and
    deeply impacted by her work and spirit :
  • Fifi.GFifi.G Posts: 15,490Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I meant to come back to this thread last week. I was watching the news with my mom when they showed clips of her memorial service. My mom said, "I met her in the 80's". I was floored. My mom is a retired social worker and Maya spoke at one of her work conferences. How wonderful is that? She could not remember if it was in Charlotte or Raleigh. She could not remember what she said when she spoke and she could not remember the words of encouragement she gave her when they spoke after the conference. It's been too long ago, but she does remember being completely awe struck and feeling blessed to be in the same room with her.
    When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??


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