Motivate me!!  

MsLoveRose 33F  
2019 posts
8/26/2005 8:50 am

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Motivate me!!

Today my motivation came from a poem i had to recite for an opening to a local museum. For such a long time the words did move me...but today after taking a trip down memory lane...it came to me how powerful these verses are.....

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.

~maya angelou

AND FOR MY MOOD...(since they dont have it) ~CONFIDENT~


live more, laugh often, love much


MsLoveRose 33F  
2432 posts
8/26/2005 9:49 am

im trying to get back into the habit of taking frequent trips down memory lane...

live more, laugh often, love much


rm_lovelyLady 64F
434 posts
8/28/2005 8:41 am

sunrisegirl - I love this poem! I imagine this poem sounds like you. You impress me as being strong, secure, and positively down to earth. Realistic in your common sense...


redswallow777 48M
6810 posts
8/28/2005 7:29 pm

Thanks for sharing this sunrise....tell us more about the meaning it has for you.....


BROC817 44M

8/29/2005 9:59 pm

your one special girl sunrise....please never stop being you !!


MsLoveRose 33F  
2432 posts
8/30/2005 11:18 am

awweeee thanks so much broc!!!!

lovely...thanks so much...sometimes words from the heart mean more than anything!!

red bird....now let me think....whenever i feel like my world around me is just falling in...i think of this poem...its like no matter how hard things are or how much i have on top of my plate...i can still make it....

live more, laugh often, love much


rm_sunny173 69M
7 posts
8/31/2005 6:57 am

Sunshine you picked a great poet in Maya Angelou for your comments. Friends, we have found one great young lady in Sunshine..she never fails to give my spirits an extra lift, even when I'm having a great day. Thank you Sunshine


MsLoveRose 33F  
2432 posts
9/2/2005 7:59 am

thanks so much sunny!!!!

live more, laugh often, love much


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