Poetry For The Dark Moon

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Gustav Klimt

Still I Rise

by Maya Angelou


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 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 my ancestors gave,

I am the dream and the hope of the slave.

I rise

I rise

I rise.

46 thoughts on “Poetry For The Dark Moon

    • and you know what? I love this painting too! I was actually chuckling to myself that this beautiful woman in the painting (if she existed) would not be able to get a job modeling in modern times because she’s “too fat”. LOL!

    • I didn’t know Ben Harper covered this – he does such a great job with that beautiful musci to this poem. He makes it sound so effortless!! Thanks goldfleeceRF that is just divine…

  1. It’s a great poem, sort of smooth and jarring at once. Hits earth and air tones really strongly for me. Or in Pegasus Talk – Sacral and Third Eye Chakra ignition ;)

  2. Maya Angelou is one of my favorite poets. She is also one of my favorite fonts of wisdom, such as:

    “The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them.”

    “I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.”

    “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”

    “Courage: the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.”

  3. Many thanks, Mystic. Your posts are like an intergalactic, Cosmo human gallery with no entry fee. Are you in Xanadu? X

  4. That is one perfect female form.
    LOve the line about ‘dancing like there are diamonds
    at the meeting of her thighs’………that’s NOT a surprise!

  5. Love poem and picture- I adore Klimt but had never seen this one!!!! I’m always inspired by your choose of images…but Im seriously out of pocket because they send me on mad purchasing quests (like having paintings or shoes shipped halfway across the world!) they should come with a financial health warning :)

  6. Reread the poem. It so fits what the dark moon’s doing in my life atmos.

    Am finally taking on Australian Customs to have the gender on my passport changed from female to male because I’m sick of worrying every time I go through customs both here and abroad (yes, I’ve been bailed up here at the Australian border when I returned from OS and had to go through the rigmorole of explaining my situation to some 12 year old who just wanted to get on TV because Border Patrol or something were filming at the airport that day).

    Am rising above the rejection from university when I applied for a writing course to hopefully do an MEd instead to really cement my career in elearning.

    Just got a payrise so I now earn more than my boss did in the job I left 6 months ago. Actually, I earn more than any of my past bosses did, which is nice – especially seeings some of them tried to hold me back.

    And I’m going to the Orlando for a conference in May and am tacking on a little holiday (Disney World, the Everglades, Major League Baseball .:D )

    I had a few really tough years but I feel like I have the power to rise above it to finally succeed.

    • Sounds great Herby. Good for you and congrats for the raise, rising above, the change of passport and the wonderful Vay-Kay! I have not bee to Disney World nor Florida for that matter.

      • YaY Herby ! Personal growth ! Payraise ! Vacation ! Travel !
        Your garden looks great too (I peeked) very glad to hear things are going so well ! Now I have to look up slater.

      • I went as a 12yo child but don’t remember much. I have been looking at pictures of the roller coasters online. And the water parks … I hope it’s warm in Florida in mid-May ;)

        • Haven’t been to House of Mouse, Hogwarts got the thumbs up report from a co-worker. Thanks for the slaters description, and you must be utra buff with all the clay digging and bike hauling ! Virgos love their dirt, yeah ?! :D

  7. Grand Mystic, Thank You !!! For Keeping the Pulse and Sharing Your Gifts.
    Hits Home With Me !!!!! Love is All there is !!!!

  8. Joy joy! I too needed this today :)
    Great to see the rest .. I only know the Ben Harper “I’ll Rise” version that omits the female
    Have a listen … it is empowering!

  9. geez i wish i read that before i made a fool of myself again to my ex, this dark moon really has done my head in im so embaressed

  10. You’ve posted this poem before. Really, this and the Derek walcott poem are some of the BIGGEST gifts you have given me through this site. So, so amazing. xxx

  11. This pic kinda disturbs me – she’s so white & anatomically incomplete & o I don’t know, she just looks so priveleged, with all the classical statues – & then there’s the small dark head-bowed thorn-in-the-foot figure behind her. Is it her injured shadow self – or am I just being dark moony ?

    Looove the poem

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