Still I Rise ✍️ BY 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.
Picture by me.
What stands in the way of true creativity? What is holding me back to propel that crazy authentic idea into the world? Probably fear of being vulnerable. ::
When introducing a new idea, it can feel like standing naked in a crowd. You’d rather run away and hide. Terrified of what people will say and think.
I know now that it’s not my self-esteem that will be judged. Maybe you won’t like my idea, but hey, maybe the next person will. And in the meantime, I will carry on exploring the exceptional.
So, I’m getting on with it. I will stand naked in a crowd of ideas. #consciouscommunication
Idag den 21 mars är det internationella dagen för avskaffande av rasism och rasdiskriminering men även den internationella poesidagen! Vad kan då vara mer rätt än den mäktiga dikten Still I Rise av Maya Angelou ❤
who was Maya Angelou....! I fucked hitting the another book. "I've learned that people forgot what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how made them feel, she famously said.
Just, study, study, study , Don't waste your time.
I love Maya! She has so much good advice 😊
This definitely sums up my aim here at Inspiring Creativity. I am passionate about allowing people of all ages and abilities to connect with their creativity. Sometimes there may be barriers to learning but I hope I deal with that with compassion and understanding. I try to give people experiences that are fun too and have definitely carved out my own style of doing it! .
An eclectic artist inspiring creativity with passion and humour. 👩🎨🎨 💓😀 What’s your mission in life?
"Love liberates. It doesn’t just hold—that’s ego. Love liberates. It doesn’t bind. Love says, ‘I love you. I love you if you’re in China. I love you if you’re across town. I love you if you’re in Harlem. I love you. I would like to be near you. I’d like to have your arms around me. I’d like to hear your voice in my ear. But that’s not possible now, so I love you. Go." ~ Maya Angelou #LOVE#Iloveyou#mayaangelou#liberate#thisness#happiness
The sun is peaking its head out and spring is finally upon us.
So let's make sure we are shining together. There is enough room in the picture for us all to be unique and claim our own space. 🙅🏽we rise by lifting each other up #mayaangelou
The late Maya Angelou wrote a poem called “The Mask.” The poem is an adaptation of Paul Lawrence ‘s poem"We Wear the Mask." Maya writes…..⠀
We wear the mask that grins and lies.⠀
It shades our cheeks and hides our eyes.⠀
This debt we pay to human guile⠀
With torn and bleeding hearts...⠀
We smile and mouth the myriad subtleties.⠀
Why should the world think otherwise⠀
In counting all our tears and sighs.⠀
Nay let them only see us while⠀
We wear the mask.⠀
I shared the stanza above because it’s so powerful to me. It begs us to ask the question how honest are we to others and ourselves about our challenges and difficulties?⠀
As for me, I am hardly perfect. One of my truths is that just as everyone else, I have fears and doubts about my future, especially because of my relocation from one continent to another. Also, my greatest desire and challenge is seeking true meaning and connection in my life.⠀
In my new blog post ✨Are You Wearing a Mask for the World? ✨I go into more detail about Maya's poem and why it matters a lot to share your emotions with others. ⠀
Heading out to get the girls from school.
It is new routine for me, carrying a book everywhere I go, but one that is really feeding my soul.
Instead of flicking from one social media feed to another, I am immersing myself in one author, one story.
I find it hard at times to keep attention. My mind is too used to flitting onto the next thing.
But words on a page have weight, and often they need time to seep into my soul.
So I take a book, and I put down the phone, and I read.
What are you reading at the moment?