Maya Angelou did almost everything that can be done with words — writing poems, essays, memoirs, plays, movies, and TV shows — and did all of it beautifully.
“Still I Rise” is one of her best-known and best-loved poems — a personal, honest, feisty declaration of independence. Any time a human being speaks up to declare her identity and integrity, refusing to let others define her, it’s a cause for rejoicing as far as I’m concerned.
Maybe this is something some of us need to do more often than we do — declaring to whatever may be holding us down, “I rise, I rise, I rise.” If so, here’s inspiration!
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.