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Absolutely had to share this one.
Merril’s poem has as much power as Maya’s
Beautifully done.

Yesterday and today: Merril's historical musings

Monday Morning Musings:

“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.”

From Maya Angelou, “Still I Rise”

Full poem here.


I rise before the sun,

a woman’s work is never done,

or so the saying goes–

but often yet denied a place

debased, erased

from education, business, science, and the arts

kept apart, or not allowed to start

never mind, we’ve given birth to the human race

created beauty and gone to space,

although harassed and worse,

some want progress gained to be reversed

(believing in mythical pasts and Eve’s curse)

but we move onward, oppose coercion

and being brutalized and minimized–

we advertise and mobilize–

trying not to polarize–

OK, perhaps a bit we moralize

but feeling like we’re pressurized

we rise

again, we rise

I march (again)

with a…

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15 thoughts on “Rising

  1. This is one of my favorite Maya Angelou quotes..very useful when you need to hear a comforting voice..very inspirational for all of us 🙂

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