Inspired by the words of Maya Angelou’s poem, Still I Rise, I have written my own poem of the same name.
Still I Rise
You may laugh, mock, and maim
With your language of hate
Twisting words, bending truths
But still, as my sisters before me
Did you want to silence me?
A woman better to be seen, not heard?
I do not recognize the submission you seek
My whole heart aches for a better tomorrow
My voice echos a hopeful rally cry.
You may abuse, assault, harass, and shame
I’ve been given many reasons to hate
My eyes wide open
Face turned toward the sun like a sunflower
I choose to soak in the sunshine of love.
Does my courage offend you?
As the song in my body radiates confidence, kindness, and strength
I have felt the bitter cold, bone chilling winds of winter
Springs renewal will come again
Change is just over the next mountain
Just as the sun rises and sets
I am awakening, growing stronger each day
Because I walk, head held high
Truth pumping through my veins
And, again, I will rise.
Does my strength surprise you?
That I might dare to hold my ground
Feet planted deep in the earth
Sturdy like roots of a tree
I am my father’s daughter
I am my grammy’s girl.
To all my sisters, my brothers too
I hope you’ll comfort me, as I will for you.
Heed the warning of Mother nature,
The wisdom of our ancestors
Leaving behind the darkness of violence and fear
Together, the dawning of a new way forward