November 21, 2008
rike jokanan

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STILL I RISE (poem by Maya Angelou)

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 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.

My review:
I have always been Maya Angelou’s reader until now and will always be. I don’t want to give much ado… This poem always becomes my energy. The diction is so trmendously powerful to my soul. The structure of he poem itself brings confidence to me. And, the meaning is so much empowering and encouraging.

Maya, if only Time saves a road for me, I will meet and hug you for a thank-you 🙂

14 thoughts on “STILL I RISE (poem by Maya Angelou)

  1. rikejokanan said: You may cut me with your eyes

    yup…sometimes eyes more sharp than tongue…more sharp than blade….but sis U’r eyes make me peace of mind…sumpeh loe…

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  2. rikejokanan said: You may cut me with your eyes

    belum kenalan sama Maya Angelou nih.

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  3. rikejokanan said: You may cut me with your eyes

    Does my sexiness upset you?Does it come as a surpriseThat I dance like I’ve got diamondsAt the meeting of my thighs?aku suka bagian itu…

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  4. otrad said: yup…sometimes eyes more sharp than tongue…more sharp than blade….but sis U’r eyes make me peace of mind…sumpeh loe…

    matur nuwuuun. kalau kata temanku di Facebook, mataku setajam silet, Mas Otrad he he he…

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  5. atiggna said: belum kenalan sama Maya Angelou nih.

    kenalan segera gih, Mbak. puisi-puisinya keren banget. selalu bikin hati tersentuh atau bersemangat.

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  6. hpoerwanti said: Does my sexiness upset you?Does it come as a surpriseThat I dance like I’ve got diamondsAt the meeting of my thighs?aku suka bagian itu…

    siiip. pas ambek sampeyan sing seksi, Mbak Hen!ini juga buat kita yang penuh semangat Mbak Hen:Just like moons and like suns,With the certainty of tides,Just like hopes springing high,Still I’ll rise.

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  7. hpoerwanti said: Does my sexiness upset you?Does it come as a surpriseThat I dance like I’ve got diamondsAt the meeting of my thighs?aku suka bagian itu…

    ha..hahaa..haa… aku suka kata-kata dalam puisi tersebut, semua positive banget..

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  8. hpoerwanti said: Does my sexiness upset you?Does it come as a surpriseThat I dance like I’ve got diamondsAt the meeting of my thighs?aku suka bagian itu…

    asem tenan ….. I’ve had a wrong guess. I’ve thought that this posting was for women only. dadi semalam ga berani koment takut melukai perasaan kaum hawa he he …

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  9. hpoerwanti said: ha..hahaa..haa… aku suka kata-kata dalam puisi tersebut, semua positive banget..

    top, emang bangettt…

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  10. dhanuh said: asem tenan ….. I’ve had a wrong guess. I’ve thought that this posting was for women only. dadi semalam ga berani koment takut melukai perasaan kaum hawa he he …

    wekekekek… nek khusus wanita, mesti udah tak bikin restricted dong.

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  11. dhanuh said: asem tenan ….. I’ve had a wrong guess. I’ve thought that this posting was for women only. dadi semalam ga berani koment takut melukai perasaan kaum hawa he he …

    iya aku tahu itu, masalahe isi poem e kn, rada gmn gitu.opo jgn2 dakunya yg salah maksud menafsirkan. sotoy…

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  12. dhanuh said: iya aku tahu itu, masalahe isi poem e kn, rada gmn gitu.opo jgn2 dakunya yg salah maksud menafsirkan. sotoy…

    kayaknya sih biasa aja, War. pemilihan katanya memang mewakili pribadi Maya yang perempuan dan dilahirkan dalam fisik negro. jadi ya tidak terlalu masalah kalau chice of words-nya perempuan banget.ikatan language-meaning-form dalam puisi bisa membuat sebuah puisi dipahami dalam banyak sekali point of view. terserah pada pembaca. penulis tentu punya point of view sendiri yang tidak akan membuat hak interpretatif pembaca terganggu.jadi, selamat menikmati puisi ini dari segi yang kamu sukai. semoga bermanfaat.nek aku yo jelas seneng, lha enek kata seksine ha ha ha…

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  13. dhanuh said: iya aku tahu itu, masalahe isi poem e kn, rada gmn gitu.opo jgn2 dakunya yg salah maksud menafsirkan. sotoy…

    ya ya ya ….percaya 200% that word is yours & all women. for me just cool, calm & confident hwekekekek

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  14. dhanuh said: ya ya ya ….percaya 200% that word is yours & all women. for me just cool, calm & confident hwekekekek

    ok, ok he he…

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