Dance Like You’ve Got Diamonds At The Meeting Of Your Thighs

In honor of Dr Maya Angelou, who passed away May 28, 2014:

Still I Rise

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread 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

3 responses on “Dance Like You’ve Got Diamonds At The Meeting Of Your Thighs

  1. LavendarGirl

    I’m still in shock that Maya Angelou is no longer with us. She was such an inspiration of “rising” above difficult circumstances in life. I learned from her story to keep the dream alive regardless of your past. She is still teaching and inspiring me to live life to the fullest, believe in my dreams and see myself as a beautiful sexy creation of God. I am a Phenomenal Woman!

  2. TJ

    Such a great legend is lost…she will be truly missed….We need more great women like her in the world..I hope when I grow up that I can make a positive impact on the world as she did.