Still I Rise

Still I Rise Poem Text

You may write me down in history

With your bitter, twisted lies

You may tred 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

Digging 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 hits 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 with the tide.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear

I rise

Into a daybreak that's wonderfully 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