“Look at every path closely and deliberately, then ask ourselves this crucial question: Does this path have a heart? If it does, then the path is good. If it doesn't, it is of no use.” ~Carlos Castaneda

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Still I Rise ....

Yeah, this has really nothing to do with orthopaedics, but is a wonderful poem by one of my favorite poets. Although written from a black woman's point of view, it can be a very inspirational piece for anyone regardless of gender and race. For those times when you think that times have gotten you down and there seems no end in sight, you may still rise.

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
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.

5 comments:

rlbates said...

I am proud of this fellow Arkansan's accomplishments. Very lovely example of her work.

Chrysalis Angel said...

I love this one. She is one of my favorites. I just her "Touched by an Angel," on my site. I love her work.

Someonetc said...

rlbates and Chrysalis Angel: i was going to post her phenomenal woman, but i thought not really a poem for the testosterone driven orthopaedic surgeons :) . i love to hear her read her own poems. she is fantastic.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting this poem! I love it!

Someonetc said...

anon: your welcome.