Re-Posting This Poem To Say – R.I.P. Beautiful Maya

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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.

She was a sensational force of Awesome, wisdom, visionary compassion and guts incarnate – Triple Aries – Jupiter/Sun/Uranus trine Neptune Rising in Leo trine Saturn in Sagittarius.  Now that’s what i call a Grand Fire Trine.

Image: Gustav Klimt

75 thoughts on “Re-Posting This Poem To Say – R.I.P. Beautiful Maya

    • 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 think the most important figure in this painting is perhaps the dark seated one with a sore foot. But that poem!!!

  1. love this poem, always though it very saturnine – ancestors, perseverance, surprising sexiness..

    • 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…

  2. Oh Mystic got tears in my eyes. Today was rising again…thank you for the extra and that lovely pix. x

    • Me too. I read it out loud and choked up.

      “Into a daybreak that wondrously clear, I rise.”

      That gives me hope and breath, that line :)

  3. 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 ;)

  4. 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.”

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

  6. 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!

  7. 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 :)

  8. Oh wow! Yours is the second blog I’ve read today that quotes Maya Angelou. Serious synchronicity because I don’t follow that many blogs.

  9. 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.

        • A slater is an insect that lives in the ground. It’s a beetle with a soft shell a bit like a cockroach’s shell (but it’s not a cockroach). :)

      • 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

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

  11. 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!

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. Oh god that says everything, everything, I’ve been ‘saying’ to the ex in actions for sometime now. Love it.

  15. 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

    • I’m with you on this, leony. It’s a beautiful poem written by a black woman. it would be good to see an illustration of black beauty/goddess for a change.

  16. I’ve reached for this poem a few times this year…..

    It’s perfect for my Aries/Cappy combo.

  17. aaaahhhhh so apt for my work situation at the moment… and still a rise and go to work… to shine

  18. Yes! The dark moon has me mellow. I have been thinking about this poem .. and voila its right here. Thanks mystic!

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    • I dont know what the fuck this is, but it isn’t me. Step off my name/me, bitch.

      • Oh cheezus– it might be me. LOL I’m gonna Kick My Ass. It’s 6:30am, still working on my first cup of joe, not fully awake yet… Always ready to throw down, tho Hahaha :P

        As you were. *readjusts halo*

  20. Was listening to an interview with her this morning. She was talking about choosing to be mute for 5 years ! Apparently she was raped as a child and the perpertrator was sent to jail. When he was released someone murdered him as a payback for the rape. She felt responsible for his death because she spoke up. And them refused to speak for 5 years.
    RIP Maya x

  21. True grace, true grit. Humour, strength, rich in soul, wisdom and compassion.

    Rise she did. Rise she still does.

    Thank you for posting this, mystic. And thank you, Maya, for your indomitable flame.

  22. She’s probably my favorite poet and this my favorite poem. I also have a grand fire trine. Leo rising 11′, Aries sun 9′/9th house, Neptune 9′/North Node 22′ in Sagittarius/5th house.

    She was full of truth, determination, and pride. RIP Maya

  23. “To rise up like an angel, you must first spread your wings”
    Rest in Peace

  24. “Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
    I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
    But when I start to tell them,They think I’m telling lies.
    I say,
    It’s in the reach of my arms
    The span of my hips,
    The stride of my step,
    The curl of my lips.
    I’m a woman
    Phenomenally.
    Phenomenal woman,
    That’s me.”

    - Maya Angelou

    RIP, Phenomenal Woman.

  25. Maya is a pure Force of Nature. A great fire, a tidal wave, 9.0 on the Richter scale, a gorgeous sunrise. Reading her work ignites me every time & I am so much better for it, for lighting upon her Awesome. Love for her & all of her generosity & ferocity of Spirit.

  26. RIP Maya. Thanks for posting “I Rise”, MM. Maya is a favoured poet of mine as well, and I’ve long admired her passion, and compassion. She was an inspirational woman.

  27. Mystic, 2 days ago, ‘The Oracle’ instructed me to read ‘Still I Rise’ by Maya Angelou. I looked up the poem online, took it in and it gave me amazing strength in my day. It was my first encounter with Maya’s work – and I clicked around and read more about her. Later that day I learnt of her passing. I was surprised; I felt so close to her that day. I was wondering if this suggestion is always in ‘The Oracle’ – or if it had been placed in there to honour her passing. Either way it was a special experience which I’m grateful for. Yeah!

    • It’s always been there: I’ve gotten that Oracle response many times over the last couple of years ;) Maya’s work is fuel in my tank.

  28. Thanks Mystic – I love that poem.
    I couldn’t help but think of so many women in the world today this calls to – the stolen girls in Nigeria, the thousands of women sold into prostitution, Jill Meagher and others like her, or that poor 25 year old pregnant woman in Pakistan stoned to death by her parents in front of the high court and watched on by police – all because she married the man she wanted to.
    Still so far to go …..

    • Sorry – was that a bit dark? It’s been a really tough year. Thank goodness for women like her and the generosity of mystic to provide some light on dark days

  29. I had the most amazing energy treatment today, dealing with my shadow and my power, I am still reeling, this poem and Maya are in my heart, Blessings Maya

  30. I’m sad she’s left the earth, but we will always remember amazing Maya. Read her poem Phenomenal Woman. I love her.