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’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own backyard.
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
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
On this day, Jupiter Hammon, the first African American to publish poetry in the United States, was born in Long Island, New York, in 1711. In honor of Hammon’s birth, we celebrate the contributions of all African Americans to the world of poetry.
Daily Observances Around the World
Black Poetry Day
Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day
Four Prunes Day (I had to look this one up. I found this great article about it at Center Of The Plate. Check it out)
International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
Love Your Body Day
Medical Assistants Recognition Day
Mulligan Day (In golf, a mulligan happens when a player gets a second chance to perform a certain move or action. Mulligan Day was created as a day for giving yourself a second chance or, as some people call it, a “do-over.”)
National Edge Day
National Fossil Day
National Pasta Day
National Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce Day
National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day
Spreadsheet Day(commemorates the date that VisiCalc, the first spreadsheet program for personal computers, was released. Click here to find out more.)
Wear Something Gaudy Day
World Trauma Day
Body Art Culture
I love tattoos (although I am too afraid of needles to get one myself). Below are some that I really like. They possess artistic skill and creativity.
Then there are other, less artistic and less tasteful ones.
Tattoos play an important role in many religions. Tattoos have been used for thousands of years as important tools in ritual and tradition. Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have been hostile to the use of tattoos, but many religions, in particular, Buddhism and Hinduism, make extensive use of them.
Check out the article about Muay Thai tattoos and their meanings by clicking the picture below.
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About Cynthia Brandel
Other than being an awesome mom and a devoted wife, Cynthia is an avid explorer traveling through the galaxy of her mind meeting new and interesting people along the way. Her destination is unknown, but the fun is in the journey.
Cynthia’s first exploration took her to the world of Sanctoria, a place full of magic and mystery. After falling in love and leading an army to war, Cynthia left Sanctoria and continued on her journey.
Currently, Cynthia resides in one of the Revenant cities on Earth. What mysteries will the city hold and where will Cynthia end up? Who knows? But you can guarantee that Cynthia will tell us all about it in The Curse of Judas (Book 1 of the Revenant City Series). Check out a preview of the first two chapters for free.