Still I Rise

Still I Rise

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.

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12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ColourFul
    Mar 09, 2010 @ 22:10:44

    Just like moons and like suns,
    With the certainty of tides,
    Just like hopes springing high,
    Still I’ll rise.

    Ito ung pinakagusto ko sa lahat ng lines..
    Hindi ko maexpress ung gusto kong sabihin, basta gusto ko lang siya…

    Kasi for me, may gusto siyang ipahiwatig…….

    Ang gulo ko.. XD basta un na un…

    Reply

    • missbroken
      Mar 10, 2010 @ 14:16:03

      jejeje…. ito naman gusto ko
      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.

      ayos lang magulo.. ganyan talaga pag tinamaan..

      Reply

  2. Frokostordning
    Mar 09, 2010 @ 22:45:34

    Hmm that’s very interessting but frankly i have a hard time seeing it… wonder how others think about this..

    Reply

  3. kikilabotz
    Mar 09, 2010 @ 22:54:27

    everyone should rise sa kada pagkadapa nila. ahehe.padaan lang po

    Reply

  4. kayedee
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 10:00:42

    ikw b gumwa ng tulang yang fren?
    my pinanghugutan? 🙂

    Reply

  5. Lust
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 13:34:13

    what a nice poem you got there.=)

    you’re a talented poet..=)

    keep writing to improve your skill and get known..=)

    Reply

  6. duking
    Mar 11, 2010 @ 13:20:53

    very proud yung character ng tula.sana ganyan tayong lahat.kahit ulanin ng pagsubok,lagi’t laging astig ang attitude!

    this is inspiring…

    Reply

  7. Frankie
    Mar 12, 2010 @ 18:24:11

    waaaaaaa…. youre a talented poet..? Lust your wrong her concept is just “COPY – and – PASTE”.. h3h3h3h3

    Reply

  8. Frankie
    Mar 12, 2010 @ 18:49:09

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